Semi-Finalists Announced for Inaugural Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Hallé Concerts Society)

The Hallé has announced the names of the 10 semi-finalists in the inaugural Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition. They have been selected from a pool of 287 applicants representing 55 countries across six continents.

Conductors that will be taking part in the semi-finals include Joel Sandelson (British), Delyana Lazarova (Bulgarian), Andres Kaljuste (Estonian), Antoine Petit-Dutaillis and Chloé Dufresne (French), Elinor Rufeizen (Israeli), Diogo Costa (Portuguese), Francisco Valero-Terribas (Spanish), Jonas Ehrler (Swiss) and Rodolfo Barráez (Venezuelan).

Serving as the judging panel are Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé; Professor Dr. Stephan Frucht, Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program; Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, Managing Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra; John Summers, Chief Executive of the Hallé; Carola Reul, Managing Director of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie; Geoffrey Owen, Head of Artistic Planning for the Hallé; and Julia Albrecht, Director of the Artist Management Department of Konzertdirektion Schmid.

The event will take place at Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester from Thursday Feb. 20 to Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.

After two days of competition, four finalists will be selected to rehearse and perform with the Hallé on Saturday, Feb. 22. The winner will be announced that evening and will be offered a two-year engagement as the eighth Assistant Conductor for the Hallé, which includes the role of Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra.