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Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera invites young conductors to submit applications for Princess Astrid International Music Competition 2018

Princess Astrid International Music Competition 2018 takes place in Trondheim, Norway on September 10 - September 13, 2018. 
The competition is open for candidates of all nationalities under the age of 35 at the time of the competition.

Competition repertoire is available by following this LINK.
Competition rules and regulations are available here.

The first prize consists of a check of 160.000 NOK and an engagement to conduct the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in concert at a later date. The second prize consists of a check of 50.000 NOK. The third prize consists of a check of 25.000 NOK.
In addition “Finn Audun Oftedal’s Memorial Scholarship” – 20.000 NOK, will be awarded to the best Norwegian candidate in the final rounds. 

Candidates selected
Yowon Kim (30), South-Korea,  Blažei Kozlowski (28), Poland,  Haoran Li (32), China,  Harish Shankar (34), Germany,  Mikhail Suhaka (27), Belarus,  Simon Proust (28), France,  Dan Zhou (34), China,  Jonathan Spandorf (33), Israel, Ka Hou Fan (28), Macau,  Chanmin Chung (27), South-Korea,  Nils Erik Måseidvåg (25), Norway,  Holly Choe (27), USA

Eivind Aadland (head of jury), internationally renowned conductor, former chief conductor of Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (2003-2010), Jennifer Spencer, artist manager, specializing in conductors. Director of Jennifer Spencer Artist Mangement/IMG Artists Ltd.
Maria Frej, programming chief of classical music at Tivoli Concert hall and Tivoli Symphony Orchestra. Okko Kamu, recognized conductor who has held leadership positions with several European orchestras. Currently principal guest conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Lesley Hatfield, renowned violinist, leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Guy Braunstein, acclaimed violin soloist, chamber musician and upcoming conductor. Concertmaster of Berliner Philharmonic from 2000 to 2012. Elise Båtnes, distinguished violinist, currently concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, previos concertmaster of the WDR Orchestra in Cologne. Stefan Solyom, principal Conductor of Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, former General Music Director of Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatkapelle Weimar.

Recent winners of Princess Astrid International Music Competition:

Miriam Helms Ålien, violin, 2012
Elena Schwartz, conducting, 2014
Mayumi Kanagawa, violin, 2016

Watch a documentary film from Princess Astrid International Music Competition 2016 HERE.

The competition has been held biannually since 1953, and has alternated among various instruments. Since 2012 the competition rotates between violin and conducting.

Trondheim Symphony Orchestra is the promoter of the competition. The competition is under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner of Norway, and is supported by the Norwegian Cultural Department.
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