Update 04/05/23:

THE MAHLER COMPETITION awards an additional prize!

We are very happy to announce that our partner the "Mahler Foundation" will donate an additional award during the MAHLER COMPETITION: for the best performance of the contemporary composition, endowed with 7.500 Euros!


Update 22/02/23:


Under "Candidates" you will find the 20 names of those young conductors who were selected by our jury to take part in the MAHLER COMPETITION, out of more than 350 applicants!


>> Our TMC 2023 CANDIDATES ...

Welcome to the internationally renowned
conducting competition of the
Bamberg Symphony!

to win?

1st prize:
30,000 EUROS

2nd prize:
20,000 EUROS

prize for
best performance of the contemporary composition:
7,500 EUROS

3rd prize:
10,000 EUROS


to take part?


to conduct?


is part of the jury?


2004 – 2020

  • 2020

    Finnegan Downie Dear
    (United Kingdom)

  • 2016

    Kahchun Wong

  • 2013

    Lahav Shani

  • 2010

    Ainārs Rubiķis

  • 2007

    Shi-Yeon Sung, 
    2nd prize
    (1st prize not awarded) 
    (South Korea)

  • 2004

    Gustavo Dudamel

News of
the Winners

Lahav Shani conducts an outstandingly memorable Mahler’s First Symphony at Berlin’s Musikfest

Concerts in this year’s Berlin Musikfest continue to offer interesting repertoire in works which are virtually unknown outside their composer’s homeland. I must confess that the music of Willem Pijper (1894-1947) is quite unknown to me. Pijper is regarded as the Netherlands’s finest composer of the first half of the twentieth century. Pijper wrote three symphonies, many works for chamber and…

Ainārs Rubiķis debuts at the Enescu Festival

Ainārs Rubiķis steps in to make his debut at the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest. The Latvian conductor will lead the opening concert for the 18th edition of the festival, which features performances by the First Prize winners of the 2021 competition. The programme will include ...

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Perform Dvorak Final Three Symphonies on New Digital Release

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic garnered rave reviews for their performances of Antonín Dvořák’s masterful final three symphonies in February 2020. Hailed as “a revelation” by the Los Angeles Times, their interpretations were recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall by Deutsche Grammophon for release as a digital album – the follow-up to the artists’ GRAMMY® Award-winning…

Conductor Kahchun Wong returns to Singapore Chinese Orchestra in triumpant concert

Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong (better known to locals as Wong Kah Chun), recently appointed chief conductor of the Japan Philharmonic, made a triumphant return to the orchestra that helped launch his podium career. While still a student at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, he was an assistant conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra under Yeh Tsung's mentorship, a position that paved the…

Harry Ogg to become Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein

The 27-year-old Briton Harry Ogg will be the new Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein from August 2022. Ogg was awarded 3rd prize in the 2020 Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, received 2nd prize in the 2018 MDR Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition in Leipzig and was a finalist in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition at the Barbican in London. He lives in Cologne ...

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