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2 – 13 JUNE 2025

WHAT’S GOING ON

21 | 06 | 2022

Bertie Baigent new assistant of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Bertie Baigent has just been announced as the new assistant of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, where he will be working closely with Lahav Shani. We are thrilled to welcome him back to Rotterdam regularly this upcoming season.

03 | 06 | 2022

Announcement winners

The winners of the first International Conducting Competition Rotterdam has been announced! 𝗕𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁 (1995, United Kingdom) was awarded the Grand Prix tonight!

From 26 May to 3 June six designated winners presented themselves in five rounds with different prestigious orchestras and ensembles. Tonight all six conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in de Doelen with a programme filled with grand symphonic works. The jury, including Lahav Shani and Karina Canellakis, just announced the prize winners.

02 | 06 | 2022

Get ready for the Finals

The six designated winners - Carlos Ágreda, Bertie Baigent, Martijn Dendievel, Chloe Rooke, Joel Sandelson and Luis Toro Araya - show what they have to offer during a spectacular final concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This gives the audience the unique opportunity to experience how different conductors give their own twist to the orchestra and to the music. After the evening concert the prizes will be awarded by the jury.

26 May Proms

Sinfonia Rotterdam
Open air concert – next to Hotel New York
15:00 – 18:00

The ICCR kicks off with a free entrance open air concert. The conductors are given a free hand to put together a programme with only two conditions: there must be a personal story and it must be accessible to a wide audience.

28 May Contemporary

DoelenEnsemble
Jurriaanse Hall | De Doelen
10:00 & 13:00 Rehearsals | 20:00 Concert

In the Contemporary Round the conductors will work with the DoelenEnsemble on highlights of the last century: Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie, Gougalon by Unsuk Chin and Ligeti’s Kammerkonzert.

30 May Classical

Orchestra of the 18th Century
Main Hall | De Doelen
10:00 & 13:00 Rehearsals | 20:00 Concert

During the Classical Round, the conductors each present a mixed programme with a movement from Haydn’s symphony, an overture by Beethoven and a movement from Schubert’s Eighth or Ninth Symphony.

1 June Opera

Main Hall | De Doelen
10:00 & 13:00 Rehearsals | 20:00 Concert

The ultimate test: the conductors do not only work with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, but also with the Laurens Symphony Chorus and five singers of the International Vocal Competition. Each conductor will perform a 20-minute selection from Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen.

3 June Finals

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Main Hall | De Doelen
10:00 Rehearsals | 19:00 Concert & Award Ceremony

The six conductors show what they have to offer during a spectacular final concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. After the evening concert the prizes will be awarded by the jury.

The Competition will have three phases

1 - 3 June 2021

SELECTION ROUNDS

The selection rounds will consist of two rounds, during which a number of pre-selected participants will get the chance to work with Sinfonia Rotterdam. Six conductors will be selected for the actual competition.

26 May - 3 June 2022

THE COMPETITION

The competition consists of six rounds, each with a different specialism. Each round will consist of rehearsals and a final concert performance, both will be judged by the jury, and will be open to the public. Participants will get a chance to work with a number of renowned orchestras including:

  • Doelen Ensemble
  • Orchestra of the 18th Century
  • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Laurens Symphony Choir
  • Sinfonia Rotterdam

2021 – 2023

CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR THE WINNERS

REWATCH THE SELECTION ROUNDS 2021

Twentyfour promising conductors performed in the main hall of De Doelen with Sinfonia Rotterdam during the opening round of the International Conducting Competiton Rotterdam (1 – 3 June 2021). You can (re)watch the performances of all 24 conductors that participated in the selectionrounds here.

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