International Competition for Young Conductors (until 2019)


The International Competition for Young Conductors, first organised in Budapest in 2001, with further editions in Tallinn (2002), Vienna (2004), Budapest (2007 + 2011), Ljubljana (2009), St. Petersburg (2013) and Torino (2015), was a common project of AGEC and Europa Cantat and is now a project of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat.

Prize-winners of the different competitions include conductors such as Carlo Pavese, Florian Helgath, Dani Juris, Maria Goundorina, Mirga Grazinyte and Maud Hamon-Loisance, who have been and will be conducting Ateliers at EUROPA CANTAT Singing Weeks and festivals, as well as Peeter Perens and David Gálvez Pintado who were invited to the jury in 2011 and Michal Hájek who won the special prize of ECA-EC in 2011, an (assistant) conductorship at a EUROPA CANTAT festival.

Choral organisations in Europe are encouraged to also invite the newly discovered conducting talents from the competitions as workshop leaders to their events.

2019 | Paris & Versailles (FR)



1st Prize: Ingrid ROOSE | Estonia
2nd Prize: Justus BARLEBEN | Germany
3rd Prize: Jonas RASMUSSEN | Denmark

Special Prizes

  •  Special prize of the Noël Minet Funds: Yeonju LEE | South Korea
  • Special prize of the European Youth Choir Festival Basel: Tanguy BOUVET | France
  • Special prize of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat: Kristina BOGATAJ |Slovenia
  • Best interpretation of a French baroque piece: Quintin BEER | United-Kingdom
  • Best interpretation of the commissioned work « Brightest Star »: Jonas RASMUSSEN | Denmark
  • Prize of the Choir of Paris Orchestra: Ingrid ROOSE | Estonia
  • Audience prize: Justus BARLEBEN | Germany

Congratulations to all of you!!


Aim group: 18 young conductors under 30 years of age

Organisers: IFAC – Institut Français d´Art ChoralCentre de Musique Baroque de VersaillesChœur de l´Orchestre de Paris in cooperation with the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat

This conducting competition will gather the best young conductors from Europe and beyond in a challenging three days of music and culture. Participants will work with high level and experienced choirs in front of a jury made up by renowned international musicians.


18/10/2019: Selection | rehearsals (18 participants)

19/10/2019: Semi-finals | rehearsals (max 12 participants)

20/10/2019: Final round | rehearsals without jury and public performance with jury (max 6 participants)


  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes
  • Best interpretation of a French baroque music piece (this piece will be performed during the semi-finals)
  • Best interpretation of the commissioned work
  • Public award


Working language: English

Scholarship: check the Noël Minet Fund Scholarship

Deadline for applications: 31/05/2019

Applicants will be informed by 30/06/2019 if they have been accepted


IFAC –  Institut Français d’Art Choral

2 place Aristide Briand, F-86000 Poitiers

Tel: +33 (0)7 83 74 13 81

The event will be in conjuction with the first International Symposium for Choral Conducting Teachers. Detailed programme, participation fees and further information on

Previous editions








2015 | Torino (IT)

2013 | St. Petersburg (RU)

2011 | Pomáz & Budapest (HU)

2009 | Ljubljana (SI)

2007 | Budapest (HU)

2004 | Vienna (AT)

2002 | Tallinn (EE)

2001 | Budapest (HU)