The 57th edition of the International Competition for Young Conductors will take place in September 2021.

Registration will open in December 2020 or January 2021.
The preliminary rounds will take place in the spring of 2021: the dates and venues given here are provisional, subject to the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Steps of the 57th Competition

Preliminary rounds – April 16 to May 5, 2021

Each registered candidate is called to conduct symphonic works played by two pianists on two pianos, in front of two members of the jury.

The names of the jury members, the pianists and the programme will be announced shortly.

Germany, Berlin

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China, Beijing

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Canada, Montréal

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France, Paris

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France, Besançon

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Final rounds – 13 to 18 September 2021

The finals will take place from 13th to 18th September 2021 in Besançon, during the 74th edition of the Besançon Franche-Comté International Music Festival.

Of the candidates who took part in the pre-selections, only twenty will be admitted to the final rounds with orchestra.

  • All of the rounds with orchestra are open to the public. All works are imposed.
  • The candidates will either be asked to conduct entire pieces or excerpts, or to rehearse the artists under their musical direction, according to their interpretation or at the jury’s request.

1st round, 2019 © Yves Petit

2021 Jury

The jury of the 57th Competition will be announced shortly.