The 1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition has concluded the Semi-finals today and is pleased to announce its finalists. Out of the 8 candidates from Round 2, the three candidates who will compete in the Finals are Antoine Glatard (France)(age: 33), Gabor Kali (Hungary)(age: 35) and Dawid Runtz (Poland)(age 25). The Finals will be held on 14 January 2018 at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.
Each finalist will firstly conduct Hong Kong Sinfonietta in November Leonids – for Orchestra, written by HKS Artist Associate Chan Hing-yan. The finalists will then conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 (for Antoine Glatard and Gabor Kali), or Brahms’ Symphony No 3 (for Dawid Runtz).
Each finalist will also be required to make a short presentation to the audience in no longer than 5 minutes about the symphony they are going to conduct.
Audience members can go to www.hkconducting.com/VOTE from now till 14 January, 5:15pm (HK Time) to vote for their favourite conductor. The candidate who gains the largest number of votes will be presented with the Audience Prize.
Five prizes including the Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize will be announced and presented in the Hong Kong City Hall Foyer at 6pm that day.
For audience members who are not able to attend the competition, they can go to www.hkconducting.com/LIVE or https://www.facebook.com/hkconducting/ to watch the livestreaming. The feed will be broadcast throughout the competition.
Music Director of Hong Kong Sinfonietta Yip Wing-sie and Principal Guest Conductor Christoph Poppen will be co-chairs of the competition. A diverse and international panel consisting of various renowned professionals in the field, Director and Professor in Conducting, Panula Academy Jorma Panula, Conductor of Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Executive & Artistic Director designee of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Taiwan Chien Wen-pin, Director of Askonsas Holt Gaetan Le Divelec, Chief Executive of Scottish Chamber Orchestra Gavin Reid and Principal Tuba of Hong Kong Sinfonietta Lam Wing-tsan, further make up members of the jury panel.
Hong Kong Sinfonietta is presenting the 1st Hong Kong International Competition with the aim of providing a platform for young conductors under the age of 35 to establish an international network in Asia. Chosen from 310 applications from 49 countries/regions, the 16 candidates from Round 1 hail from Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.