Conducting Competition


Gianandrea Noseda - 1994

Discovery and promotion of new young conductors from all over the world

The Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition began in 1992 and is organized every two years by the Cadaqués Orchestra with the aim of discovering and promoting young conductors. The winner of the competition is given the opportunity to conduct twenty-three of the most important Spanish symphony orchestras over three seasons. Major international orchestras such as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Manchester Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic also collaborate with the competition.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Sir Neville Marriner, presidents of an international jury

The jury is made up of internationally renowned figures from the world of music, together with the Cadaqués Orchestra. The conductors Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Sir Neville Marriner alternate as President of the Jury.

Xavier Montsalvatge

A chance to present a new repertoire and the commission of a new work

The competition repertoire combines famous orchestral works with lesser-known works from the Spanish repertoire – unpublished and revived pieces by musicians from the past, which despite their quality had been forgotten or had not been performed or re-edited since the time they were composed.

The competition includes a work commissioned to a Spanish composer, which is premiered in the competition final. The guest composers have been: Hèctor Parra, Ramon Lazkano, Jesús Torres, Jesús Rueda, Xavier Montsalvatge, Cristobal Halffter, Luis de Pablo, Juan Guinjoan, Lleonard Balada, David del Puerto and José María Sánchez Verdú.

Pablo González 2006

Auditions and candidates

The Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition is divided into five rounds, with a maximum of sixty candidates accepted for the first round.
All the rounds of the competition are open to the public and the press.

Michal Nesterowicz 2008

A three-year concert tour for the winner

The first prize consists of a three-year concert tour conducting the orchestras that collaborate with the Cadaqués Orquestra International Conducting Competition.


Conducting Competition

Conducting Competition

Price: 12,04€


  • Cadaqués Orchestra
  • Cadaqués Orchestra
  • Lorenzo Viotti, First Prize of the 11th Competition, December 2013
  • Cadaqués Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda
  • Vlad Vizireanu, Second Prize 11th Competition, december 2013
  • International Conduction Competition - 2008
  • Gianandrea Noseda, principal and main conductor
  • Gianandrea Noseda and the Orchestra, January 2008
  • Jaime Martín, main conductor
  • Jaime Martín
  • Sir Neville Marriner, principal guest conductor
  • Narcís Casanovas' Motets at Palau de la Música
  • Mendelssohn's Midsummernight's dream at Palau de la Música
  • With Ainhoa Arteta and Sir Neville Marriner at Zaragoza Auditorium - 2008
  • Eight songs for a Mad King - Madrid, March 2010
  • Eight songs for a Mad King - Madrid, March 2010

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