Paris’s La Maestra Conducting Competitors Broadcasts Candidates

(Picture courtesy: Paris Mozart Orchestra)


The biannual La Maestra Worldwide Competitors for Ladies Conductors was established in 2019 by the collaboration of the Philharmonie de Paris (PdP) and Paris Mozart Orchestra (PMO). The occasion launched in 2020 to nice acclaim. 

This yr’s second version of the competitors obtained 202 purposes from throughout 48 international locations in each North and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa, with a mean age of 35 years.

The 14 candidates for the 2022 La Maestra Worldwide Competitors are:


  • Yeo Ryeong Ahn, 29 (South Korea)

  • Clara Baget, 23 (France)

  • Mélisse Brunet, 44 (France)

  • Mercedes Diaz Garcia, 41 (Spain)

  • Ustina Dubitsky, 33 (Germany)

  • Tamara Dworetz, 32 (USA)

  • Beatriz Fernandez Aucejo, 38 (Spain)

  • Vivian Ip, 35 (Hong Kong)

  • Nikol Kraft, 33 (Czech Republic)

  • Maria Kurochkina, 32 (Russia)

  • Natalia Raspopova, 39 (Australia)

  • Joanna Natalia Slusarczyk, 36 (Poland)

  • Anna Sułkowska-Migoń, 26 (Poland)

  • Zoe Zeniodi, 45 (Greece)


Moreover, the competitors is complemented by the La Maestra Academy — a two-year program that gives the chosen candidates with skilled improvement and business steering.

Chaired by Deborah Borda, the jury will comprise Marin Alsop, Claire Gibault, Ariane Matiakh, Kwamé Ryan, Markus Stenz, and Jean-François Verdier.  

Three essential prizes might be offered — the €20,000 first prize, €10,000 second prize, and €5,000 third place — in addition to further awards together with the PMO prize at €2,500 plus an viewers prize, amongst others. The awards ceremony might be held on the Cité de la musique.

The competitors and academy had been developed to create extra alternatives for girls conductors within the music business. It’s co-directed by PMO’s inventive director Claire Gibault and PdP’s normal supervisor, Olivier Mantei

The competitors’s web site explains that “whereas increasingly ladies conductors are having fun with profitable careers, deeply entrenched sexist discrimination is unfortunately nonetheless a very-present impediment for most of the others.

“Current research have proven that solely 4% of conductors programmed by French musical establishments are ladies,” it continues. “The broader European state of affairs isn’t any higher, with solely 6% of visitor conductors being ladies. Remarkably few ladies candidates are admitted to compete in present conducting competitions, and only a few ladies serve on their choice panels and juries.”

For extra data on every of the candidates, click on right here.


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