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Besançon international Competition for young Conductors

Besançon international Competition for young Conductors

Established in 1951, the Besançon Competition soon became the most prestigious event of its kind. The Competition is open to all artists who wish to become professional conductors. With a repertoire which spans classical, romantic and contemporary music, as well as oratorio and opera, it is the most complete competition in the world!

After preliminaries in Berlin, Besançon, Montreal or Beijing, only 20 candidates will be invited to Besançon in September for audition with orchestra; only one Grand Prix will be awarded!

Jury chairman 2017: Leonard Slatkin

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Liszt Academy announces the III International Éva Marton Singing Competition

Applications for the contest being staged between 10-16 September 2018 can be submitted by sending in video recordings.

18-32-year-old women and 18-35-year-old men can submit applications for the qualifying round on the competition website until 14 March 2018. Candidates have to upload performances of one Baroque and one freely selected aria from another period, with piano or orchestral accompaniment. Competitors making it through to the live rounds have to perform a Liszt song and a further seven arias. In addition to total prize money amounting more than €42,000, the very best competitors can also collect numerous special prizes, concert invitations and scholarships. Details, application materials and the online form are available from 7 November 2017 on the competition website at

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