The Second Hiroshima International Conductors Competition is the main project of the Second Hiroshima Festival’s Music Division, held to provide a gathering place to foster the next generation of young musicians, and to discover and nurture superb talent, opening the doors to the world for them.
|contents||A call for applications from young conductors in Japan and overseas will be put out and competition participants will be decided based on a preliminary screening of video submissions. Before the competition, participants will attend events, such as the Peace Memorial Ceremony and An Evening of Peace Concert, to learn about the history of Hiroshima and its initiatives for peace. In addition, they will also participate in a master class about the piece for the preliminary screening by Mr. Tatsuya Shimono, producer of the Hiroshima Festival’s Music Division. Afterwards, the Conductors Competition Selection Rounds 1 and 2, and the Finals shall be held at a hall in front of a live audience. This event is not simply a competition, but a unique competition unlike any other: it has an academy portion to foster young conductors and allow them to learn from one another, and a competition portion where they will compete against one another in terms of musical expression. In addition, it also serves as a place for next generation of young musicians to come together and exchange ideas.|
|Application Period||10:00 am JST on November 1, 2023 (Wed) to 6:00 pm JST on January 31, 2024 (Wed)|
|Dates||August 4-12, 2024|
|Organizers and Operators||The Second Hiroshima International Conductors Competition is organized by the Hiroshima Festival Organizing Committee and operated by the Hiroshima Festival Organizing Committee Office.|
|Jury Committee||【Jury President】
Christian Arming (Conductor and next General Music Director of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra)
Ryusuke Numajiri (Conductor, Music Director of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra) Eiji Arai (Violinist, Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, etc.) Toshio Hosokawa (Composer, visiting professor at the Tokyo College of Music and Elisabeth University of Music) Morihide Katayama (Music Critic, Director of the Mihara Performing Arts Center POPOLO)
|Application Guidelines, etc.||The Second Hiroshima International Conductors Competition Application Guidelines（PDF）
Click here for Jury members’ profiles.