Applications are now invited for the 18th Malko Competition for Young Conductors, hosted by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 20th-27th April 2018.

International jury and prominent observers
The 2018 Malko Competition will have a strong international jury including Seiji Ozawa, JoAnn Falletta and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. Furthermore, the 2018 competition will be followed live in Copenhagen by observers from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

25 orchestral contracts for winning conductor
Apart from a 1st prize of Euro 20,000, the Malko winner of 2018 will be offered concert contracts with no fewer than 25 leading European orchestras including the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the first year after the competition, the winner will also be offered personal mentorship by the jury chairman, Fabio Luisi.

Hoping to see great talent
“I hope to see great talent among the 2018 Malko contestants. I also hope to see a fresh way of presenting and approaching the music as well as a fresh way of working with the orchestra,” says Fabio Luisi. He also explains: “For a young conductor, competitions are a unique chance to get professional feedback from experienced jury members, young colleagues and not least the musicians of a first-class orchestra.”

Livestream and media coverage
As part of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will ensure extensive media coverage of the Malko competition week through worldwide livestreaming of the competition on the competition’s own web platform as well as editorial coverage on DR’s broadcasting platforms and a strong social media presence.

Applications may be submitted until 12th October.


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