300 young people from 50 countries have applied to enter the 12th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition

Posted by Alberto Sampablo | Thursday 28th September 2017 | Conducting Competition

300 young people from 50 countries have applied to enter the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition

The event, held for the 12th time this year, will take place from 11 to 18 December

35 international orchestras collaborate with the competition


The application deadline to enter the 12th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition has closed with 301 applications from over 50 countries around the world. The aim of the competition, which will take place from 11 to 18 December in Cadaqués and Barcelona, is to present and promote the international careers of orchestral conductors under 35 years old.

Out of all the applications received, 50 candidates have been selected to participate directly in the competition, while a further 60 will take part in a preliminary round, 10 of whom will pass on to the main part of the competition. The final rounds will take place at the Auditori de Barcelona, in sessions open to the public.

The first prize, unparalleled anywhere in the world, consists of a three-year tour during which the winner will have the opportunity to conduct 35 prestigious orchestras from Europe, America and Japan. (See below for the complete list of collaborating orchestras).

The members of the competition jury, presided over by orchestral conductor Gianandrea Noseda, are as follows: the orchestral conductors Lutz Köhler, Jaime Martín and Anu Tali; the managing director of Barbican Centre in London, Nicholas Kenyon; the artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, Annette Mangold; and the president of Japan Arts, Jun-ichi Nihei. The Cadaqués Orchestra also sits on the jury and has two votes cast by agreement among all the musicians in the ensemble. The artistic director of the competition, Llorenç Caballero, will act as technical secretary, without the right to vote.

List of collaborating orchestras:

  1. Bilbao Orkesta Sinfonikoa
  2. Joven Orquesta Nacional de España
  3. Orquesta de Extremadura
  4. Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
  5. Orquesta de Valencia
  6. Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
  7. Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
  8. Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
  9. Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
  10. Orquestra de Cadaqués
  11. Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya
  12. Orquestra Simfònica de Castilla y León
  13. Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès
  14. Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa
  15. Orquesta Ciudad de Granada
  16. Real Filharmonía de Galicia
  17. Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
  18. Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia
  19. Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears
  20. Danish National Symphony Orchestra
  21. Orchestre National de Lille
  22. Ulster Symphony Orchestra
  23. Antwerp Symphony Orchestra  (Royal Flemish Philharmonic)
  24. BBC Philharmonic (Manchester)
  25. Residentie Orkest the Hague
  26. Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  27. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
  28. Stresa Festival Orchestra
  29. Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Regio di Torino
  30. Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
  31. Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
  32. Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM
  33. Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán 
  34. Yamagata Symphony Orchestra
  35. Osaka Symphony Orchestra