First Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition to Be Held in Luxembourg This Month

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The inaugural Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition, named after the late Russian conductor, will be held in Luxembourg May 21-29.

The competition is open to musicians aged 20-40 of all nationalities. First prize will be €15,000, second prize €10,000 and third prize €5,000.

The qualifying rounds of the competition will be held at the Music Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg; the final round, on May 29, will be held at the Philharmonie du Luxembourg with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and pianist Boris Berezovsky.

The jury, led by pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, includes Rolf Beck, artistic director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Intendant of the NDR Orchestra and Choir in Hamburg; composer and conductor Jean-Claude Casadesus; Alexander Vedernikov, music director and principal conductor of the Bolshoi Theater; and Lan Shui, music director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Evgeny Svetlanov was born into a musical family in Moscow in 1928. He was principal conductor of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra (later the Russian State Symphony Orchestra) for over 35 seasons, beginning in 1965. Beginning in 1979, he was for a period principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He also served as chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest in the Hague (1992-2000) and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1997-99). He died in 2002.

For more information on the Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition, visit

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