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). We proudly announce the six designate winners who will present themselves in the 2022 competition: Carlos Ágreda (Colombia) Bertie Baigent (United Kingdom) Martijn Dendievel (Belgium) Chloe Rooke (United Kingdom) Joel Sandelson (United Kingdom) Luis Toro Araya (Chile)

(Re)watch the selection rounds

You can (re)watch the performances of all 24 conductors that participated in the selectionrounds here.

The Competition

Spring 2022 an exciting new international event will see the light of day: the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam (ICCR). Presenting a completely new format with multiple rounds during which young conductors get a chance to work with numerous orchestras. By focusing on different genres and stylistic periods, participants can present themselves both as a specialist or as an all-rounder.

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. MORE STATEMENTS

Marin Alsop

‘This unique competition will allow participants to present themselves in the best possible light and gain invaluable exposure and experience.’

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

‘The spirit of Rotterdam and the orchestra has always been forward thinking and very welcoming to young conductors, of which I have benefitted myself. ICCR is really encouraging and nurturing conducting talents in the best possible way.‘

Nathalie Stutzmann

‘With ICCR it is not about the competition, it is about gaining experience and to get a better idea of how you compare to other conductors.‘

The Competition will have three phases

1 - 3 June 2021


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 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



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. Go to the jury page.


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Rob Hilberink

Executive Director

Leana Furman

Artistic Manager

Renée Blommaert

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