15. Juni 2021

The 1st KSO International Conducting Competition Recruitment

Com­ing Novem­ber, World­wide Rook­ie Con­duc­tors’ Atten­tion in Korea
Recruit­ing Par­tic­i­pants for the KSO Inter­na­tion­al Con­duct­ing Com­pe­ti­tion until 17th of July
50 Mil­lion KRW and Oppor­tu­ni­ty to Con­duct for Var­i­ous Stages will be Giv­en to the First Prize Win­ner
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As hold­ing the first KSO Inter­na­tion­al Con­duct­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in the whole area of the Seoul Arts Cen­ter from the 10th to 14th of Novem­ber, the Kore­an Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra (CEO Park Sun Hee) is recruit­ing participants.

Com­ing Novem­ber, the atten­tion of new com­ing con­duc­tors from all over the world is focused on Korea.

The KSO Inter­na­tion­al Con­duct­ing Com­pe­ti­tion which will be held for the first time this year, is seek­ing for the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of clas­sic music by cul­ti­vat­ing and fos­ter­ing tal­ent­ed young con­duc­tors from all over the world.

From 2018, KSO has been cul­ti­vat­ing the future of Kore­an music by steadi­ly fos­ter­ing con­duc­tors for the next gen­er­a­tion with­in the coun­try such as Cha Woong (36), Kim Yu-won (32) and Park Seung-you (34) through the “Next Stage”. As an expan­sion of which, being held every three years, the KSO Inter­na­tion­al Con­duct­ing Com­pe­ti­tion is will­ing to enhance the sta­tus of Kore­an clas­sic music as a foun­da­tion of the wave of Kore­an art.

Despite nation­al­i­ty, can­di­dates from age 23 to 34 may apply. As 80 mil­lion won is to be award­ed to the win­ners in total, 50 mil­lion won and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­duct for var­i­ous stages will be giv­en to the first prize winner.

As for the jury of the first KSO Inter­na­tion­al Con­duct­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, start­ing from Chung Chi-yong who is a pro­fes­sor at the Korea Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts as the head jury, also Chris­t­ian Ehwald, a pro­fes­sor at the Hanns Eisler School of Music; David Kim, con­cert­mas­ter of the Philadel­phia Orches­tra; Flo­ri­an Riem, sec­re­tary gen­er­al of the World Fed­er­a­tion of Inter­na­tion­al Music Com­pe­ti­tions; Sig­mund Thorp, a con­duc­tor and pro­fes­sor of the Nor­way Con­ser­va­to­ry and more has been appointed.

Park Sun Hee, the CEO of the Kore­an Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra said, “Recent­ly at inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions, while good news about Kore­an young musi­cians occur in suc­ces­sion, hold­ing an inter­na­tion­al con­duct­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Korea is very mean­ing­ful in many ways.” and “I hope many peo­ple are inter­est­ed in this com­pe­ti­tion which will be a chance for Korea to upgrade the sta­tus as a cul­tur­al pow­er­house as well as a huge moti­va­tion for young conductors.

Please con­tact www.ksocompetition.or.kr or call 02–523-4673 for inquiries about par­tic­i­pa­tion and registration.


1st KRW 50,000,000, Oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­duct at lead­ing nation­al and inter­na­tion­al con­cert halls includ­ing Seoul Arts Cen­ter
2nd KWR 20,000,000
3th KWR 10,000,000


• Chi-Yong Chung (Repub­lic of Korea), Chair­man
• Chris­t­ian Ehwald (Ger­many)
• David Kim (The USA)
• Flo­ri­an Riem (Ger­many)
• Sig­mund Thorp (Nor­way)


Appli­ca­tion Due Date: 17th (Sat.) July 2021 at 24:00 (KST)
First Round: 10th (Wed.) Novem­ber 2021 Orches­tra stu­dio, N Stu­dio
Sec­ond Round: 12th (Fri.) Novem­ber 2021 Con­cert Hall, Seoul Arts Cen­ter
Final & Awards Cer­e­mo­ny: 14th (Sun.) Novem­ber 2021 Con­cert Hall, Seoul Arts Cen­ter