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The Mahler Competition

The very first time it was held in 2004, it set new standards, and immediately established itself as one of the most important events of its kind anywhere in the world. In its past five editions, The Mahler Competition has attracted entries from almost 1,600 young conductors of all nationalities. Less than 70 candidates have been invited to Bamberg, and of those barely 14 have made it to the final.

The competition takes place in a city which offers an ideal mix of 1,000 years of history, world heritage, entertainment and natural environment. The jury comprises top-ranking conductors, composers, artists and managers. The toughest of challenges, but ideal conditions to compete under – The Mahler Competition has always set great store by that. Even if only one candidate can win, we trust that their time in Bamberg will further all their careers in music. Making sure that a level contest delivers the best outcome for each candidate – as we see it, that is the true purpose of competitions.

The next Mahler Competition will be held in 2020.

 

A look back to the past competitions.