Targets & Intention

15th Anniversary of Symphonic Wind Orchestra Management Professorship & Spirit of the Competition 

Augsburg will host the international conducting world from 2 to 7 July 2016 and invites all lovers of symphonic orchestras, symphonic wind orchestras and brass bands. For the first time, these three different orchestral forms will be combined in the new and unique “1st International Conductors' Competition Augsburg”. The participating conductors will be challenged to show their versatility and personality in conducting, musicality, and skills in interacting with people.

48 young talents will face the elimination process and present their skills to an international jury! Two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and the finals (part A and part B) will conclude with an awards ceremony and a gala concert. The first three places are endowed with cash prizes.

The competition is held under the motto “build bridges and learn from each other”, under the artistic direction of Prof. Maurice Hamers as part of this year‘s 15th anniversary of his symphonic wind orchestra management professorship at Augsburg University.

The “1st International Conductors‘ Competition Augsburg” is the first competition in this format in Germany and with this idea to span the different kinds of orchestras.

Top-class jury members will help the participating conductors to gain valuable information about themselves.

The focus is on the realization that the conducting of any orchestral form may be all the same, albeit with different timbres, instruments, orchestral sizes and seating arrangements, and how music is created.

Interested listeners will find sheer sensual pleasure during the six days of competition. Four superb orchestras will perform outstanding pieces.