Malta Central Academy of Arts together with The International Conductors Union are pleased to announce The International Malta Conducting Masterclass and Competition. There are a significant number of conducting competitions dedicated to different fields of music. Still, the majority of them have restricted rules regarding the age of participants. We believe that experienced musicians with, for example, many years of experience in an orchestra but over forty years old must have an opportunity to build a new career. That’s why we don’t have any age limit.
We believe that talent and the wish to develop new skills doesn’t depend on nationality and age! The doors of our competition are open for everybody!
The masterclass will be led by Maestro Vicent de Kort (Netherlands). He was born in the Netherlands, is high in demand with the world’s leading opera houses and festivals, including Mariinsky Theatre St Petersburg (invited by Valery Gergiev), Royal Swedish Opera, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Oper Leipzig, Scottish Opera, Semperoper Dresden, New National Theatre Tokyo,
Opera Bern, Opera Luzern, Vienna’s Schönbrunn Festival, Edinburgh Festival and the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg. After a career as a cellist in 1995, at the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Vincent de Kort made his conducting debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. De Kort’ is a regular guest with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, New Japan Philharmonic and others. Having studied with Mariss Jansons in Oslo, he continued his studies in St. Petersburg with Ilya Musin, the legendary teacher of Valery Gergiev, and was the assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink, William Christie, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
Conductors are the engine of music society. It does not matter if they win or not their meetups and personal connections during Masterclasses or Competitions are the events what influence the big picture of classical music.
The Competition will take three days. Thirty conductors will compete in conducting art. Their performance will be evaluated by Jury members from Vienna — Maestro Stefan Zikoudis (Vienna), Maestro John Galea (Malta), Ruben Zahra (Malta). President of Jury — Maestro Vincent de Kort.
The Competition will happen on Manoel Theater (Valletta).
Winners will have a chance to build network connections with respected conductors, orchestras and artist management agencies.