Competition Rules

Competition rules

1. All participants must be aged 30 or under on the first date of the Competition (i.e. 20 November 2018)

2. All participants must be citizens of the 28 countries having full membership of the European Union (list of EU countries on the EU website), plus Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland (NB Brexit: at this time the UK is still a full member of the EU).

3. After the application deadline (Friday 20 April 2018 6pm GMT) the selection panel will shortlist 20 candidates, who will be informed of the results in July 2018. The selected participants will be invited to take part in the competition in London. 

4. Rounds 1 and 2 will take place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra; the final round will take place at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra.

5. Twenty conductors will be selected to enter Round 1, with ten of those selected at the end of the day for Round 2. The three finalists chosen for the Final Round will be announced at the end of Round 2.

6. Participants should prepare all repertoire. For Rounds 1 and 2 they will be told their repertoire immediately before taking the stage. The three finalists’ repertoire and running order is drawn by lot at the end of Round 2.

Application requirements

1. You must scan and upload an image of your passport's information page for verification purposes.

2. Please prepare a video of yourself conducting. The video must be no shorter than 15 minutes and should contain at least three contrasted pieces which include the beginning and end of works. Candidates should be visible from an orchestral musician's point of view. NB if your video does not meet these requirements the panel will be unable to view your submission.

3. The video should be uploaded to YouTube. Please ensure that your video is set as Public or Unlisted - we will not be able to watch it if it is set to Private. 

4. You will need to submit a short biography (max. 5000 characters), which should include your recent place(s) of study and/or the name of your teacher(s) as well as a concise list of recent and forthcoming engagements.​

5. Entry costs £60, payable using either a Paypal account or credit card. You will be taken to the payment page once you have submitted your application form. Please note that we will not be able to process your application until payment has been received.

6. Please be aware that the Final of the 2018 Competition will be streamed live on medici.tv. By entering the Competition you are giving your consent for your performance, should you reach the Final stage, to be filmed and broadcast online. All rights will be owned by the Competition in perpetuity.

Repertoire: 2018

Participants are asked to prepare all repertoire. For Rounds 1 and 2 they will be told their repertoire immediately before taking the stage. The three finalists’ repertoire and running order is drawn by lot at the end of Round 2.

Round 1
MOZART Symphony No 36 'Linz'
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings
STRAVINSKY Danses Concertantes

Round 2
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 4 'Italian'
JAMES MACMILLAN Tryst

Final Round
WAGNER Overture: Die Meistersinger
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 2 (soloist: Vadim Repin)
KODÁLY Dances of Galanta