The winner of the MAHLER COMPETITION 2023 is Giuseppe Mengoli.


Giuseppe Mengoli (Italy)
winner of the MAHLER COMPETITION 2023

Taichi Fukumura (Japan/US)

Georg Köher (Germany/Austria)
third place winner


Jakub Hrůša, jury chairman and principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, on the winner:

"He has a modest and humble personality which transports into his remarkable connection of kindness and inner power. A totally convincing performance throughout the rounds with a perfect combination of knowledge of the score and a extraordinarily natural feeling of music. He posses a strong ability to inspire the musicians and the audience alike through his musical language which speaks directly to everyone’s hearts."

Missed a concert? Just watch them again here...

The final of the MAHLER COMPETITION 2023
from July 13, 2023 on with

Georg Köhler, Taichi Fukumura, and Giuseppe Mengoli.

With Jan Mráček (violin)

The closing concert of the MAHLER COMPETTION 2023
of July 15, 2023 on with

Giuseppe Mengoli and Kevin Fitzgerald, conductors

With Thomas Hampson, baritone

The live streaming of MAHLER COMPETITION 2023 was generously supported by UNITEL Musikstiftung.

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

to win?

1st prize:
30,000 EUROS

2nd prize:
20,000 EUROS

3rd prize:
10,000 EUROS

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

special award:
a studio production for
BR-KLASSIK, with Bamberg Symphony


to take part?


to conduct?


is part of the jury?


2004 – 2023

  • 2023

    Giuseppe Mengoli

  • 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

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