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Conducting Competition

IONEL PERLEA International Conducting Competition 2023

27th-29th of July, 2023, Edition VII 

Europe Concert Hall – Ionel Perlea UNESCO Cultural Center, Slobozia – Romania


Ionel Perlea International Conducting Competition is open to participants of all ages and nationalities. NO AGE LIMIT!

The registration deadline is  10th of July, 2023


The application documents to be uploaded for each participant are:

Application form here

– Curriculum vitae

– Copy of an identity document

– Recent Photo

– The  Proof of payment of the Registration fee

All documents must be sent at:


Application documents must be accompanied by an uploaded 10-15 minutes video recording which shows the applicant working as a conductor, during rehearsal or concert. Recordings from piano rehearsals are eligible. Any repertoire is admitted.

Video recordings will be uploaded public or unlisted on YouTube, and the link will be included in the application form in the appropriate box.

Each piece or fragment must be recorded in a single take (no editing). It is strongly recommended that the candidate’s face and hands should be visible at all times (front view) and that the camera angle should be fixed.

It is also strongly recommended that the sound should be of satisfactory quality.

Admission to the competition will be based on these video recordings, which will be assessed by the Jury. The results of the pre-selection will be announced till 15th of July, 2023 on the Competition site. Subsequent, selected contestants will receive via e-mail the confirmation of Competition participation.

By filling in and submitting the Application form, each candidate confirms that he agrees with the Competition Rules in all their details. The Romanian version of the Competition Rules prevails for all interpretations.

By completing and submitting the Application form, the competitors agree with the audio and video recording of the Competition rounds and give the assignment for related rights to the organizers.


Registration fee: 100 Euro

The fees and bank commissions will be paid by the participants so that the amount of the registration fee remains intact.

The registration fee is not refunded in case of elimination after the preselection, in case of withdrawal or in case of non-submission to the contest.

Participation fee: 300 euro

After the video preselection round, all admitted applicants will pay a 300€ participation fee until July 20th, 2023

The participation fee includes accommodation and 2 meals per day (breakfast/lunch) for each participant, as long as they stay in the competition.


  • Sabin PăutzaRomania – President of the Jury

Composer, Conductor, Musicologist

  • Michalis Economou – Greece

Conductor, Composer, Music Director of Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra

  • Svetlana Bivol – Republic of Moldova

General Manager of  National Philharmonia „Serghei Lunchevici”, Moldova

  • Daniel Jinga – Romania 

General Manager of Bucharest National Opera House

  • Cristian Lupeș – Romania

Conductor, General Manager of the Sibiu State Philharmonia

  • Antoniu Zamfir – Romania

Manager of the Romanian Opera Craiova

  • Ioan Dragoș Dimitriu – Romania

General Manager of Brasov State Philharmonia

  • Alexandru Ganea  – Romania

Conductor, Orchestra Teacher of National University of Music of Bucharest

The Jury decides the winners for each section of the contest.

The decisions of the Jury are irrevocable.

The Jury reserves the right not to award all prizes or to supplement the number of prizes awarded (as the case may be) in each section.


The total prizes amount is 5200€


First Prize: 2500€
Second Prize: 1200€ Third Prize: 700€ Fourth Prize: 300€ Orchestra Prize: 500€

Special Prizes:

Appointment in the 2023-2024 season of the:

  • Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • National Philharmonia „Serghei Lunchevici”, Moldova
  • Bucharest National Opera House – Romania
  • State Philharmonia Sibiu – Romania
  • Romanian Opera Craiova – Romania
  • State Philharmonia Brasov – Romania


July 27th, 2023 – DRAW of LOTS & FIRST ROUND

July 28th, 2023 – SEMIFINALS

July 29th, 2023 – FINALS & AWARDS CEREMONY


The competition has three rounds: First Round, the SEMIFINAL and the FINAL, all rounds are with “Ionel Perlea” Orchestra, the official orchestra of the competition.



W.A. Mozart – Cosi fan tutte
L.v. Beethoven - Coriolan Mendelssohn - Hebrides Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia


J. Haydn - Symphony No. 92 in G major „Oxford” – p. I, p. IV
W.A. Mozart - Symphony No. 35 in D major „Haffner” – p. I, p. IV L.v. Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 in E flat major - „Eroica” - Full


Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia
“Ecco ridente il cielo” - Il Conte di Almaviva „Una voce poco fa” () - Rosina “La calunnia e un venticello” – Don Basilio
Gounod Faust
“O, Dieu! Que de bijoux” - Marguerite “Salut, demeure chaste et pure” - Faust “Le veau d’or est toujour debout!” - Mèphisto

One piece from each previous rounds (Symphony and Opera), by drawing lots.


All competition rounds will take place at Europa Concert Hall Slobozia, with Ionel Perlea Orchestra.

Competition entry is made in the order established by the draw of lots.

Participation of the finalists at the Award Ceremony is mandatory.


The payment of the registration and participation fees will be paid in the following bank accounts:

For payment in EURO:

BANCA TRANSILVANIA,ROMANIA SWIFT / BIC: BTRLRO22 Account Beneficiary: Asociatia SUONARTE With the mention: Conducting Competition

For payment in the equivalent in RON at the NBR exchange rate on the day of payment:

Banca Transilvania, Romania Account Beneficiary: Asociatia SUONARTE With the mention: Conducting Competition 

For further information:


Tel.: +40 721 665 332