Please download and read the "Rules & Regulations" and "Repertoire" documents before applying.
Summer 2021 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.
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 2021 will include the conductors: Iván Fischer, Jane Glover, Wayne Marshall, Frank Ollu, Lahav Shani, Anja Bihlmaier, Ed Spanjaard, and Xian Zhang, alongside the composers Michel van der Aa, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and James MacMillan, musicians Roberta Alexander and Ton Koopman and managers Deborah Borda (CEO New York Philharmonic), Ara Guzelimian (former Senior Director and Artistic Advisor Carnegie Hall), Sophie de Lint (director Dutch National Opera) and Elmar Weingarten (former intendant of Berlin Philharmoniker).
*(Subject to changes)
You can learn more about the ICCR here: www.iccr.nl
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 six conductors will be selected for the actual competition, which takes place half a year later.
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:
ICCR distinguishes the following prizes:
Candidates are required to write a short bio when confirming participation for use in programs or booklets.
A short resume describing education and experience
Video(s) required for pre-selection purposes only (details below). Does not replace the live audition.
Candidates must present 3 videos: