Malko Competition reveal candidates for 2018 competition
There will be fierce competition on the podium at DR Koncerthuset when 24 young conductors from 17 countries battle for the prizes in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s Malko Competition
It aroused international attention in the autumn when the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was able to reveal the number of applicants for the orchestra’s Malko Conducting Competition. A whole 566 young conductors – a striking increase over previous years – had applied for the prestigious competition which takes place every third year at DR Koncerthuset.
Now the Danish National Symphony Orchestra present the 24 candidates from all over the world who will be given the opportunity in April to do battle with one another on the podium at DR Koncerthuset. One of them will travel home with the First Prize, consisting of among other things a cheque for 20,000 Euros and a contract with a whole 25 symphony orchestras.
Young world elite
Fabio Luisi, chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and chairman of the jury in the Malko Competition, is pleased with the high standard of this year’s participants: “Not only have we had an exceptionally wide field of applicants for this year’s competition; at the same time we are pleased with the very high standard of the candidates. This is truly the young world elite in what is already a very demanding musical discipline that expects really high standards from the musical and personal skills of the young people.”
Excitement on the podium
Several of the 24 participants in this year’s Malko Competition have met earlier in international conducting competitions and masterclasses with great conductors. This pleases René Mathiesen, timpanist and chairman of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra: “It means extra excitement both for us in the orchestra and for the public, that several of the participants have met or even ‘battled’ with one another earlier. Besides showing that we have many really strong participants, it boosts the element of competition – while at the same time the high standard guarantees that we can all expect great musical experiences in the course of the competition week.”
Record number of entrants for Malko Competition 2018
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi have received no fewer than 566 applications from young conductors who want to compete for the prizes in the Malko Competition 2018. This is almost double last year’s number.
There will be unusually fierce competition for the places on the conductor’s podium in DR Koncerthuset in April 2018. A whole 566 young conductors from all over the world have applied to be nominated for the competition – and that is almost twice as many as the orchestra has experienced in previous years.
While most of the applicants come from the major classical music territories Western Europe, the USA, Canada, Russia and Asia, there are also applicants from South America and the Middle East – with a total of 78 nationalities. The applicants’ submitted video material will now be carefully reviewed in the coming months by an internationally composed pre-jury.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra is more than satisfied with the great interest in the Malko Competition. “The wide field of applicants for the Malko Competition 2018 first and foremost reflects our determined effort to give the orchestra international exposure in recent years. With Fabio Luisi as principal conductor, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has gained a secure position on the musical world map which we maintain among other ways through touring, international collaborations and live-streaming of selected concerts,” says Kim Bohr, Head of DR Choirs and Orchestras.
Attractive Fist Prize
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi plays a crucial role in the Malko Competition 2018. As well as chairing the international professional jury that is to decide the fate of the 24 candidates in DR Koncerthuset in April, he will himself be a personal mentor for the winner of the competition for a period of two years after the competition.
Apart from the mentorship of Luisi, the conductor who ends up victorious on the podium in DR Koncerthuset in April wins not only 20,000 Euro but also contracts with a whole 25 leading European orchestras in the coming concert seasons.
An important incentive for the young conductors who have applied to be nominated for the Malko Competition 2018 is the opportunity to conduct the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in a competition that is covered nationally by DR’s media platforms, and which can at the same time be followed all over the world via live-streaming.
Head of Orchestras Kim Bohr believes that a new communication strategy for the Malko Competition is part of the explanation of the wide field of applicants: “To reach out to young conducting talents all over the world and find the right range of applicants we have had to go to work very determinedly. In connection with the fact that the orchestra has recently taken over the whole administration of the competition we have chosen to focus on a new combination of digital dialogue via social media, online marketing, international press work and direct personal contact with agencies, conservatories and conducting academies. It really lifts the spirits to see that the work has borne fruit – and now the whole orchestra is looking forward to meeting the 24 candidates selected by the pre-jury.”
Applications now open for Malko Competition for Young Conductors
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Jury Chairman Fabio Luisi invite young talented conductors to apply for the 2018 Malko Competition before 12th October
Applications are now invited for the Malko Competition for Young Conductors, hosted by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 20th-27th April 2018.
International jury and prominent observers
The 2018 Malko Competition will have a strong international jury including Seiji Ozawa, JoAnn Falletta and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. Furthermore, the 2018 competition will be followed live in Copenhagen by observers from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
25 orchestral contracts for winning conductor
Apart from a 1st prize of Euro 20,000, the Malko winner of 2018 will be offered concert contracts with no fewer than 25 leading European orchestras including the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout the first year after the competition, the winner will also be offered personal mentorship by the jury chairman, Fabio Luisi.
Hoping to see great talent
“I hope to see great talent among the 2018 Malko contestants. I also hope to see a fresh way of presenting and approaching the music as well as a fresh way of working with the orchestra,” says Jury Chairman Fabio Luisi. He also explains: “For a young conductor, competitions are a unique chance to get professional feedback from experienced jury members, young colleagues and not least the musicians of a first-class orchestra.”
Livestream and media coverage
As part of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will ensure extensive media coverage of the Malko competition week through worldwide livestreaming of the competition on the competition’s own web platform www.malkocompetition.dk as well as editorial coverage on DR’s broadcasting platforms and a strong social media presence.
Applications may be submitted until 12th October
For more details about the 2018 Malko Competition and the application procedure, please click here (http://malkocompetition.dk/#application)
Jury, prizes and repertoire for 2018 announced
Maestro Fabio Luisi will be heading the jury of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s international Malko Competition for young conductors
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, part of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, has just announced the complete competition details for the next Malko Competition for young conductors on the new website www.malkocompetition.dk. The competition will take place on 20th-27th April 2018 in DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, opening the application on August 26th 2017.
Personal mentorship and orchestral contracts
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s principal conductor Fabio Luisi, also known as principal conductor of The Met and the General Music Director of Zurich opera, will be heading the 2018 competition jury and will also be offering his personal mentorship to the winner of the competition. Among other draws for young conductors in the 2018 competition is a contract of 18 concerts with leading European orchestras including the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Media coverage and PR package
As part of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will ensure extensive media coverage of the Malko competition week through international livestreaming of the competition week as well as editorial coverage on DR’s broadcasting platforms and a strong social media presence. Furthermore, the winner of the competition will receive an attractive PR kit consisting of professional video recordings, press photos and other material to support the winner’s future conducting career.
Engaged and dedicated orchestra
In addition to offering a whole bouquet of attractive prizes, the Malko Competition is unique in its organization: The competition is hosted by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra itself – and as a result, it is known to support the competitors with extraordinarily dedicated orchestral playing.
René Mathiesen, chairman and percussionist of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, says: ”We are looking immensely forward to welcoming the next team of Malko competitors in 2018. Our competition is known for the special dedication and attentiveness of the orchestra through all rounds of the competition, and we are proud to have an artistically strong Jury consisting mainly of conductors and orchestral musicians.”
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