The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi have received no fewer than 566 applications from young conduc­tors who want to compete for the prizes in the Malko Competition 2018. This is almost double last year’s number.

There will be unusually fierce competition for the places on the conductor’s podium in DR Koncerthuset in April 2018. A whole 563 young conductors from all over the world have applied to be nominated for the 2018 Malko competition – and that is almost twice as many as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has experienced in previous years. While most of the applicants come from the major classical music territories Western Europe, the USA, Canada, Russia and Asia, there are also applicants from South America and the Middle East – with a total of 78 nationalities. Features common to the applicants are their ages, between 18 and 35; that they are con­ducting students or are already professional conductors; and that they have all submitted video material which will be carefully reviewed in the coming months by an internationally composed pre-jury.

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra is more than satisfied with the great interest in the Malko Competition. “With Fabio Luisi as principal conductor, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has gained a secure position on the musical world map which we maintain among other ways through touring, inter­na­tional collaborations and live-streaming of selected concerts,” says Kim Bohr, Head of DR Choirs and Orchestras.

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi plays a crucial role in the Malko Competition 2018. As well as chairing the international professional jury that is to decide the fate of the 24 candidates in DR Koncerthuset in April, he will himself be a personal mentor for the winner of the competition for a period of two years after the competition.

Read more about the 2018 Malko Competition on www.malkocompetition.dk, where the competition will be live-streamed internationally.

 

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