Behind the competition
What makes a good conductor?
There is a popular statement which goes “There are no bad orchestras, just bad conductors.”
If this is true, then the question remains: what makes a good conductor? A common theory is that good conductors act as “conduits” between the music (composers) and the recipients (musicians + audience), and in the process, they have to be able to effectively share the music with everyone. So…one of the criteria of a good conductor must be that he/she is a good communicator, or even a negotiator? What makes one better than the other? Since no two conductors communicate in the same way, the fascination is how this process, which involves a complicated process of communicating just the right potion of a concoction of “inspiration” and “knowledge”, makes or breaks the music. It is little wonder why conductors are often referred to as “Maestros”!
Through this competition, we take a first glimpse into what makes a future Maestro. We hope you enjoy the discovery process.
Music Director Emeritus, Hong Kong Sinfonietta
I am very pleased and excited that we are hosting the 1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition. Although it has been 32 years since I was at my first competition (Besançon International Conducting Competition), I can still remember each scene vividly. I met a lot of great musicians and conductors of my age and it changed my life. It opened doors for me and started me on my career. I am happy now that there is a competition here in my hometown, which means that young conductors in Hong Kong won’t have to make their ways to Europe or the USA for competitions!
I welcome everyone to Hong Kong and wish every conductor their dream come true! See you soon!
Co-chair, Jury, Hong Kong International Conducting Competition
Principal Guest Conductor, Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Principal Conductor, Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director, Marvão International Music Festival
It is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome all young conductors to the 1st International Hong Kong Conducting Competition!
How wonderful that this amazing competition has been created – many thanks to all who have made that possible!
Participating in this prestigious competition is much more than competing for prizes: the possibility of performing with the marvellous Hong Kong Sinfonietta is already a reward! Meeting other conductors, as well as the outstanding jury members can also be an important step for your future.
Competitions are like big festivals, the possibility of sharing experiences with other artists and the audience will make them so rewarding.
And, of course, lots of special attractions are waiting for the prize winners!
So, don’t hesitate and apply now! Let’s have a good time together in Hong Kong!