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The World’s Greatest Young Conductors: see them at Academy Rainier III

The Final of the 5th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition will be held on 5th June 2022 in Monaco. This continues the memory of the great conductor who died 20 years ago.

“Art rewards those who devote themselves to it body and soul. This brings happiness to our profession. This lends meaning to a musician’s life”. Evgeny Svetlanov

See the rich Program at the end of this article. You can attend free. And for the first time, this exceptional event, marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Maestro Svetlanov, is being held at the Rainier III Auditorium in Monaco. The Competition is held under the High Patronage of HRH the Princess of Hanover.

The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra will be the 5th Competition’s official orchestra.

Evgeny Svetlanov placed great importance on handing down a musical legacy to future generations. In his will he wished a conducting competition to be established. This reflects his genuine passion for music. The Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition draws on the values which the Maestro cherished.

These were an ardent passion for music, a wish to develop, deep musical curiosity and a moral commitment to convey his legacy.

Evgeny Svetlanov will remain an exceptional figure not only for the many musicians from around the world wishing to take part in the Competition but also for the members of the jury, to be chaired by Maestro Pinchas Steinberg in 2022.

The competition’s mission is to help young conductors at the beginning of their career and to support and guide them.

Kazuki Yamada, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra current musical and artistic director, has given his enthusiastic support to the Competition and will also be a member of the jury.

Among the eighteen international candidates (out of 330 applications received in total) who originally appeared before the jury chaired by Pinchas Steinberg, conductor with an international career, four will be selected to participate in the final after the two preliminary rounds.


1:30 p.m.: access to the room

2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.: 1st candidate

3:40 p.m. – 5 p.m.: 2nd candidate

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: break

6:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.: 3rd candidate

7:40 p.m. – 9 p.m.: 4th candidate

9:00-9:30 p.m.: jury deliberation, audience and orchestra vote

9:30-9:45 p.m.: announcement of results and award ceremony

(times may vary slightly)

Useful Information

Free admission without prior reservation (within the limit of available places – limited gauge – free placement in the delimited areas).

The public will be able to leave the room and come back, during the breaks between the given works and in a discreet way, so as not to disturb the candidates and the audio and video recording.

Breaks: a 20-minute break will be observed between the 1st and 2nd candidate and between the 3rd and 4th candidate. A one hour break will be observed between the 2nd and 3rd candidate.

It is strictly forbidden to take photos or videos throughout the event.

The public will vote at the end of the Final Round for their favourite candidate, by completing a document which will be given to them at the entrance to the hall. After counting, the result will be announced during the prize-giving ceremony at the Rainier III Auditorium.

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