2nd Hong Kong International Conducting Competition

22-26 March 2023 | Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

  • For conductors under the age of 35 to establish a network in Asia, where the local orchestral scenes are rapidly developing
  • Features an international jury made up of conductors and people shaping the music business today
  • 16 shortlisted Candidates will conduct Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the Competition in March 2023

Repertoire

Round 1 (a maximum of 16 Candidates)

    1. Stravinsky — Concerto in D for String Orchestra:  I Vivace
    2. One of the following works, determined by a draw:
      • Beethoven Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b
      • Mozart — Symphony No 39 in E-flat, K543: I Adagio–Allegro

Round 2 – Semi-Finals (a maximum of 8 Semi-Finalists)

    1. Sibelius — Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47: I Allegro moderato (Soloist: FAN Hiu-sing)
    2. Johann Strauss Jr Die Fledermaus Overture
    3. One of the following symphonies, determined by a draw:
      • Beethoven — Symphony No 3 in E-flat, Op 55, “Eroica”
      • Brahms — Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68
      • Tchaikovsky — Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, “Pathétique”

Round 3 – Finals (a maximum of 3 Finalists)

    1.  Charles KWONG (HKS Artist Associate 2020-2022) — Infinity in the palm for Orchestra (world première; Commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta) 
    2. One of the following works, chosen by the candidate:
      • Beethoven — Symphony No 4 in B-flat, Op 60
      • Mendelssohn — Symphony No 4 in A, Op 90, “Italian”
      • Schumann — Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op 120
    3. The finalists will also be invited to make a short presentation to the audience

Schedule

Preliminary selection

25 October 2022 (Tue), 23:59 Hong Kong Time
Deadline for applications

By late-November 2022
Notification of preliminary selection results

Candidates briefing

21 March 2023 (Tue)

Round 1

22 March 2023 (Wed) | 10:00 – 16:30

Round 2 – Semi-Finals (A maximum of 8 semi-finalists)

23 & 24 March 2023 (Thu & Fri)
Each Semi-Finalist will conduct three works over two days

Day 1: 23 March 2023 (Thu) | 10:00 – 17:00

Day 2: 24 March 2023 (Fri) | 10:00 – 16:30

Round 3 – Finals (A maximum of 3 finalists)

25 March 2023 (Sat)
Rehearsals

26 March 2023 (Sun) | 13:30 – 18:00
Finals & Award Presentation

Post-Competition

27 March 2023 (Mon)
Lunch meeting for Jury members & all Candidates

 

* Tickets to Rounds 1-3 will be available at URBTIX and POPTICKET from 4 Feb 2023

Jury

Co-chairs

YIP Wing-sie

YIP Wing-sie

Preliminary + Rounds 1-3

Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Music Director Emeritus

Christoph POPPEN

Christoph POPPEN

Preliminary + Rounds 1-3

Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Principal Guest Conductor

Cologne Chamber Orchestra

Principal Conductor

Israel Chamber Orchestra

Principal Guest Conductor

Marvão International Music Festival

Artistic Director

Members of the Jury

LÜ Shao-Chia

LÜ Shao-Chia

Rounds 1-3

Taiwan Philharmonic

Conductor Emeritus

Thierry d’ARGOUBET

Thierry d’ARGOUBET

Rounds 1-3

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

Former General Manager

Philipp ERNST

Philipp ERNST

Rounds 1-3

Munich Chamber Orchestra – Münchener Kammerorchester

Artistic Planning & Deputy Managing Director

Xenia GROH-HU

Xenia GROH-HU

Rounds 1-3

karsten witt musik management

Managing Director

James CUDDEFORD

James CUDDEFORD

Preliminary Round

Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Concertmaster

Laurent PERRIN

Laurent PERRIN

Rounds 1-3

Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Assistant Principal Cello

Prizes

1st

HK$200,000
  • Concert engagement with Hong Kong Sinfonietta during the 2023/2024 season
  • Mentorship with conductor(s) from the Jury

2nd

HK$100,000

3rd

HK$70,000

Orchestra Prize

HK$10,000

Audience Prizes

(Live & Online Audience) HK$10,000 each

Ticketing

Round 1

22 March 2023 (Wed) | 10:00 – 16:30
HK City Hall Concert Hall
$100

Round 2 – Semi-Finals

Day 1:
23 March 2023 (Thu) | 10:00 – 17:00
HK City Hall Concert Hall
$100

Day 2:
24 March 2023 (Fri) | 10:00 – 16:30
HK City Hall Concert Hall
$100

Round 3 – Finals

26 March 2023 (Sun) | 13:30 – 18:00
HK City Hall Concert Hall
$200

 

Tickets to Rounds 1-3 will be available at URBTIX and POPTICKET from 4 Feb 2023.
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