Seattle Symphony associate conductor Stilian Kirov is one of the 24 conductors chosen for the Malko Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Open to conductors ages 20-35, the Malko requires competitors to lead the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in front of a panel of conductors, musicians and other arts figures. The prize is worth the anxiety: 20,000 Euros (about $23,000) plus guaranteed conducting gigs for 34 European orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. (Also possibly anxiety-producing is the caveat in the Malko rules that states “It is agreed upon and it will be announced upfront that if there according to the jury is no candidate in the finale who has the quality of a world class conductor of tomorrow, there will be no winner.” No pressure there.)
The competition takes place April 25-May 1.
A list of all the competitors, plus an interesting take on the Malko, is on Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc blog. Be sure to scroll down to the comments.