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International Conducting Competition Rotterdam

Big orchestra01 Jun '22 - 03 Jun '22(Past)

Meet the new generation of top conductors


In the spring of 2022 it will finally be time for the first edition of the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam. During the selection rounds in 2021, six fantastic conductors have been selected from 165 applications from all over the world who will make their appearance in de Doelen.

Carlos Ágreda (Colombia), Bertie Baigent (United Kingdom), Martijn Dendievel (Belgium), Chloe Rooke (United Kingdom), Joel Sandelson (United Kingdom) and Luis Toro Araya (Chile) show their expertise in five thematic rounds. They conduct several top orchestras: the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Sinfonia Rotterdam, the DoelenEnsemble and Laurens Symfonisch.

More than 30 names have joined the competition as jury members, including Karina Canellakis, Ton Koopman, James MacMillan, Lahav Shani and Maxim Vengerov. In addition, the public can also vote for their favorite.

Come to the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam, listen to beautiful music and get to know the new generation of top conductors!

Programme & performers

ICCR consists of 5 rounds. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will play in round 4 (opera) on Wednesday 1 June and round 5 (final) on Friday 3 June with the six conductors. Read more about the programme below.

Both concerts will be streamed on the YouTube channel and the Facebook page of ICCR,, Medici, ViolinChannel, Amadeus (Chinese TV), BBC Music Magazine, Takt1 and on the NTR website.

Carlos Ágreda
Bertie Baigent
Martijn Dendievel
Chloe Rooke
Joel Sandelson
Luis Toro Araya

Wednesday 1 June: round 4 (opera)
The ultimate test: in this round the conductors not only work with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, but also with Laurens Symfonisch and five singers from the International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch. On the lectern is Bizet's masterpiece Carmen!

Friday, June 3: Round 5 (final)
Experience the climax of the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam! At the Grande Finale, the conductors will again work with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. This time the assignment work of Joey Roukens Night Flight  is central. In addition, parts from the Sixth Symphony by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich' Fifth Symphony and Mahler's Fourth Symphony. The prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening.

All play dates of International Conducting Competition Rotterdam

Wednesday 01 Jun 202210:00 AM
RotterdamDe Doelen (Grand Hall)
Wednesday 01 Jun 20228:00 PM
RotterdamDe Doelen (Grand Hall)
Friday 03 Jun 202210:00 AM
RotterdamDe Doelen (Grand Hall)
Friday 03 Jun 20227:00 PM
RotterdamDe Doelen (Grand Hall)
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