ICCR introduces a complete new formula by using multiple well-known orchestras with strong artistic profiles. Each round highlights a different genre, ranging from romantic to contemporary music, as well as opera and oratorio.
‘The ICCR is an extremely relevant and necessary new initiative. It offers young conductors the unique chance to work with numerous major orchestras.
An essential experience that nowadays is very rare.’
The selection rounds will consist of two rounds, during which a number of pre-selected participants will get the chance to work with two orchestra’s Sinfonia Rotterdam and the Codarts Symphony Orchestra. Eventually five conductors will be selected for the actual competition, which takes place half a year later.
The competition will consist of six rounds,
each with a different specialism.
Each round will consist of rehearsals and a final concert performance, both of which 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:
The ICCR presents a new format for the judging, in which a winner will be determined for each round. Next to these six ‘specialist awards’ also a Grand Prix will be awarded for the best all-round conductor.
The international jury will consist of a fixed core of four members extended with three rotating ‘specialists’ for each round. The jury will include the following*: Marin Alsop, Roberta Alexander, Deborah Borda, Ivan Fischer, Ara Guzelimian, Antony Hermus, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, James MacMillan, Wayne Marshall, Kenneth Montgomery, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Lahav Shani, Ed Spanjaard, Benjamin Wallfisch, Xian Zhang & Elmar Weingarten, among others.
*(Subject to changes) More exact information will be published in May 2019.
ICCR is organized by the foundation International Conducting Competition Rotterdam in close cooperation with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert en Congress Hall De Doelen. The production of the ICCR is delegated to the same team which is responsible for the renowned International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, directed by Rob Hilberink.
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