Hallé Orchestra to hold competition for next assistant conductor

The winner of the inaugural international competition will follow in the footsteps of Edward Gardner and Ewa Strusińska

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For the first time in its history, the Hallé Orchestra is sourcing its next assistant conductor from an international competition. The inaugural Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition will be held from 20-22 February 2020, and will offer the winner a two-year contract as the orchestra’s assistant conductor. The Hallé hopes this process will attract a broader, more international range of conductors to choose from.


The winning conductor will be mentored by the Hallé Orchestra’s music director Mark Elder, as well as receiving a cash prize of £15,000 and many guest conducting opportunities.

The role of assistant conductor at the Hallé has previously been held by a clutch of major international figures including Edward Gardner, Andrew Gourlay and Ewa Strusińska.


Applications for the Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition are open from Wednesday 1 May to Monday 1 July 2019, with semi-finalists announced in September 2019.