Rules of the 2022 Conducting Competition

The 5th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition will be held from 2nd to 5th of June 2022 in Monaco with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Music is the highest artistic ideal, a reflection of Cosmic Harmony. It confronts man directly with the deepest Mysteries of life.” SPIRITUAL CHARTER OF HUMANITY (1946)

The 5th Competition will be organized jointly by the “Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition” Association and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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1. Mission and Principles of the Conducting Competition

« Art rewards those who devote themselves to it wholly and unreservedly. This is the joy of our profession. This is the meaning of a musicians life. » Evgeny Svetlanov

Evgeny Svetlanov was aware of his future legacy and of the knowledge he wished to hand down to future generations. The project for the establishment of this competition was dear to his heart and he set out this wish in his will as an ultimate display of his passion for music.

The work of a conductor is a lifelong commitment. The conducting Competition reflects the values of Maestro Svetlanov, namely a passion for music, a wish to develop, curiosity and a commitment to handing down knowledge.

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2. Organisational Structure


Marina Bower
CEO and Managing Director
René Koering
Artistic Director
Didier de Cottignies
Artistic Adviser
Olga Aleksandrova
Production Manager
Lionel Colombel
Galina Golubova Media Manager


Vladimir Ashkenazy
Myung-Whun Chung
Riccardo Muti
Evgeny Kissin


Pinchas Steinberg
Permanent Guest Conductor at the Vienna State Opera, Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva and Chief Conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra.


Anthony FOGG
Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Tanglewood Festival.

Tatjana KANDEL
Head of Artistic Planning of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Concert Choir and Girls Choir.

Leader of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dmitri LISS
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of the EURASIA International Music Festival.

Artistic Director of the Klosters Music Festival, Director of IMS Prussia Cove, Former Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra and a member of the Philharmonia Trust.

Music and Artistic Director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Permanent Conductor (from 2023) of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

3. Conditions of Admission to the Conducting Competition


1. The Competition is open to conductors of all nationalities who have completed their training. Applications will be considered regardless of candidates’ political persuasion, ethnic origin, faith, gender, marital status or disability unrelated to the profession.

2. Candidates should be born between 1982 and 2002 included.


The completed application form (including  video recordings) must be sent to the Competition between 15th December 2021 and 15th March 2022 at the latest.

HOW TO APPLY to the Conducting Competition

1. Candidates should fill out in English the application form (click “Apply for the 5th Evgeny Svetlanov Competition”).
The application form will be available from 15th December 2021 to 15th March 2022.

a) The application form should include the following:

The candidate should choose:
– one work from the list of works for the qualifying rounds of the Competition;
– three works from the list of works for the Final Round of the Competition.

The lists of musical works are presented in section 4. Rounds.

b) A photo taken within the last 6 months.

c) Curriculum vitae
The CV should specify the candidate’s previous experience and career as a musician: studies, name of professors, highlights of musical activities, competitions in which he/she has participated, prizes won, etc.

d) Video recordings
The candidate must send at least one video recording via or another Internet platform (”Youtube” or other) to (video links should be mentioned in the application form).

  • Only recordings subsequent to the 1st January 2017 will be accepted.
  • The candidate should send at least one video recording of 30 minutes of music with one or two works and no more than 2 video recordings of 2 hours of music in total with 3-4 works.
  • The candidate should clearly indicate titles of recorded works, orchestra, venue, date and length of the recordings in the application form.
  • The recording must show a footage of the candidate while conducting, as well as members of the orchestra. The footage of the candidate should be preferably shown full face (i.e. as seen by orchestra).
  • The recording should be made with one of the following ensembles chosen by the candidate: symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, instrumental ensemble with a minimum of 15 musicians.
  • The Competition guarantee that the video recordings submitted by the candidate will be used for selection purposes only and will not be used for any other purpose.


e) A photocopy of passport will be demanded from the candidates admitted to the First Qualifying Round.

2. Candidates who submit false information or material will be disqualified.


1. The Artistic Director will either accept or reject candidates for the First Qualifying Round after reviewing applications and video recordings.

2. The Artistic Director will select 18 candidates for the First Qualifying Round.

3. Results of the selection process will be sent to candidates by e-mail before 5th April 2022 and published on the Competition website:

4. No reason for accepting or rejecting applications will be given.

Registration FEE

1. The amount of the registration fee is 100 €.

2. Registration fee must be paid only via an online secure platform available during the registration period while filling  out the application form.
No other type of payment will be accepted or refunded.

3. The registration of the candidate will be confirmed upon payment of registration fee.

4. For all candidates, the registration fee is non-refundable.

5. In the event of cancellation of the Competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the registration fee will be refunded.

6. If the candidate selected for the First Qualifying Round is unable to travel to Monaco due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the registration fee will be reimbursed upon presentation of medical proof or inability to obtain a visa.

4. Rounds of the Conducting Competition


First Qualifying Round: Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June, 2022
Second Qualifying Round: Saturday 4th June, 2022
Final Round: Sunday 5th June, 2022


The rounds of the competition will be held at the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco.
The First and Second Qualifying Rounds will be held in closed session, the Final Round will be open to the public.


Accommodation for all selected candidates will be provided at the organisers’ expense for the period of the Competition.
Breakfast and lunch for all selected candidates will be provided for the period of the Competition.


The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (Kazuki Yamada, – Music and Artistic Director) will be the Competition’s official orchestra.


Each candidate must specify on the application form the musical works he/she wishes to conduct for each round.

1. First Qualifying Round: 20 minutes per candidate

Set of works (select one work from the list below):

Tchaikovsky: Scherzo of Suite n°3 G major opus 55
Mendelssohn: “The Hebrides” (“Fingal’s Cave”), overture in B minor opus 26
Mozart: Overture, Die Zauberflöte K. 620
Berlioz: Queen Mab, the Fairy of Dreams, scherzo of  “Romeo & Juliet” Symphony, opus 17

2. Second Qualifying Round: 30 minutes per candidate

Set of works (select one work in each section below):

Ernest Bloch: Shelomo, excerpt : from the beginning until the the 5th bar of figure 12. Then the 2nd excerpt of the 1st bar before figure 42 until the end of the work. 

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote opus 35, excerpt : Theme then Variation 1 and Variation 2 (from 11 bars after figure 12 until figure 25), then Variation 5, from figure 47 until figure 52.

Soloist – Thierry Amadi, cello

Debussy: Jeux for orchestra
Stravinsky: Petrushka, suite (1947)
Beethoven: 1st movement of Symphony n°4 in b flat major opus 60

3. Final Round : 1 hour 20 minutes per candidate

The candidate must present a programme consisting of:

1. Two compulsory works:

a. Evgeny Svetlanov: “Images of Spain”, rhapsody n°1
NB: The score will be sent by e-mail to selected candidates.

b. Contemporary work of 6 minutes commissioned by the Competition.
NB: The score will be provided to the candidate one hour and a half before his/her performance.

2. One of the three works selected by the candidate for the Final Round in the application form. This work will be indicated to the candidate by the Jury after the Second Qualifying Round.

The candidate must choose three works from the following list:

Alfvén : Symphony n°3 opus 23
Balakirev : Symphony n°2 in d minor
Debussy : La mer
D’Indy : Jour d’été à la montagne opus 61
Dvorák : Symphony n°7 in d minor opus 70
Elgar : Enigma Variations opus 36
Franck : Symphony in d minor
Mahler : Adagio of Symphonie n°10 in F sharp major (edition Universal 13880)
Mendelssohn : Symphony n°3 in a minor “Scottish” opus 56
Miaskovsky : Symphony n° 27 in a minor opus 85
Mozart : Symphony n° 41 “Jupiter” in A major K. 551
Rimski-Korsakov : Symphony n°2 opus 9 “Antar”
Schumann : Symphony n°2 in A major opus 61
Sibelius : Symphony n°5 in E flat major opus 82
Strauss : Tod und Verklärung opus 24
Stravinsky : Firebird, suite n°3 (1945)
Tchaikovsky : Symphony n°2 in a minor opus 17 “Little Russian” (1879)


The order of performance for each round will be determined by drawing lots.


1.The order of performance for the First Qualifying Round will be sent by e-mail before 15th April 2022.

2. First Qualifying Round Schedule:
Thursday 2nd June 2022: 10:00-4:30 p.m.
Friday 3rd June 2022: 10:00-12:30 a.m.


1. The order of performance of 8 selected candidates for  the Second Qualifying Round will be announced after the announcement of the First Qualifying Round results.

2. Second Qualifying Round Schedule:
Saturday 4th June 2022: 10:00-4:30 p.m.


1. The order of performance of 4 candidates for  the Final Round will be announced after the announcement of the Second Qualifying Round results.

2. Final Round Schedule:
Sunday 5th June 2022: 2:00-9:00 p.m.


1. The results of the First Qualifying Round will be announced at the Auditorium Rainier III following the Jury’s deliberation on Friday 3rd June 2022 at 2:30 p.m.

2. The results of the Second Qualifying Round will be announced at the Auditorium Rainier III following the Jury’s deliberation on Saturday 4th June 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

3. The results of the Final Round will be announced at the Auditorium Rainier III following the Jury’s deliberation on Sunday 5thJune 2022 in the presence of the audience. The audience will also award the Audience Prize.

5. Awards Ceremony of the Conducting Competition

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Auditorium Rainier III after the announcement of the results of the Final Round of the Competition.

6. Prizes

1. Winners will be awarded First, Second and Third Prizes and an Honourable Mention will be awarded to the fourth finalist.

2. In the event  of a tie, the prize and cash award will be shared.

3. The Jury is not required to award all prizes.


First Prize : € 20,000 with diploma
Second Prize : € 10,000 with diploma
Third Prize : € 5,000 with diploma


The musicians of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestre will vote and will invite the prizewinner/s of the 2022 5th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition to conduct a performance in the 2023-2024 season.


The audience will vote for the Audience Prize. The result will be announced at the Auditorium Rainier III after the vote count.


The music partners will offer future engagements to one or more prizewinners of their choice. Please visit the “Our partners” page on the Competition website.

7. Communication and Publicity

1. During the Competition, the Executive Committee will claim all rights for the communication material indicated below. Candidates may neither object nor claim any remuneration (this clause includes the press conference).

  1. Sound and/or video recording, film shots and photos.
  2. Radio, TV and Internet broadcasting of the above items.
  3. Copy and/or sale of above items.

The candidates will be required to cooperate in all film, photo sessions and/or interviews planned by the Competition.

2. Candidates will have to obtain prior authorisation from the Competition before the beginning of the First Qualifying Round for film and photo shots and any interviews other than those planned by the Competition.

8. Recording and broadcasting

1. Radio France,, Mezzo (France), TV-man Union (Japan), Orfeu Radio and TV Kultura (Russia) are Partners of the 5th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition.

2. The Second and Final Rounds of the Competition will be broadcast live on the websites of Radio France,, Mezzo and the website
They will also be recorded for re-broadcasting purposes or for other audio-visual commercial or non commercial use.

3. It is expected that a CD recording of selected Competition performances or a documentary of the Competition may be commercially produced for television and DVD, and that parts or all of the Competition will be made available on the Internet.

4. Camera crews may videotape and/or photograph all Competition events.

9. Insurance

1. The staff and partners of the Competitionwill not be liable for accidents indicated below occurring during the Competition:

  1. Damage to or loss of candidates’ belongings.
  2. Physical, material or moral injury caused or sustained by candidates.

 2. All candidates are therefore advised to make their own appropriate insurance arrangements.

10. Objections

1. Decisions made by the Executive Committee regarding the administration of the Competition selection based on the application and video recordings and the Jury’s decision on evaluation are final and irrevocable.

2. Candidates may not appeal against the above decisions.

11. Amendments to the Rules

1. In order to ensure the smooth running of the Competition, the Executive Committee may add, remove and/or change the Competition’s rules even after they have been published.

2. If problems arise regarding points not covered by the rules, the competitors will be required to follow the decisions and rulings made by the Executive Committee.

12. Disputes

If an amicable solution cannot be found in the event of a dispute, the matter will come under the jurisdiction of the Paris courts.

13. Official Language applicable to the Rules

1. The above rules are provided in French, English and Russian.

 2. The French text is the only officially accepted version.

14. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

1. According the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of 25th May 2018 we inform our candidates that the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition Association will collect, use and share all the information that you provide with the Executive Comitee and the Jury members of the 5th Competition.

2. We store and share the information by using two secure servers: Dropbox and Icloud.

3. During the Competition, your biography and photo will be used for the promotional purposes of the Competition. The biographies and photos of the candidates will be available on, and used for other communication purposes in the social media and other resources for at least 5 years.

4. The information about candidates not selected for the First Qualifying Round will be completely deleted from our server and database of the Competition before the beginning of the First Qualifying Round.

5. The Competition will store candidates’ e-mail addresses in its database in order to send the candidates news. E-mails are stored in a secure server (MailChimp). If you do not wish to receive any information or you have questions about the use of your personal data, please contact the Secretariat of the Competition.

15. Contact

To contact the Secretariat of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition: