The Jorma Panula Conducting Competition is among the most prestigious conducting competitions in Europe. The first competition was arranged in 1999 and after that every three years. Now the competition is arranged for the ninth time in Vaasa. From the very beginning, conductor, composer, academician Jorma Panula has been the Artistic Director and Chairman of the jury.
This year, the jury consists of Jorma Panula, chairman, conductor Ed Spanjaard (The Netherlands), conductor Maria Badstue (Denmark), conductor Mikko Franck (Finland) and conductor Vytautas Lukočius, (Lithuania). The competition orchestras are the Vaasa City Orchestra and Jyväskylä Sinfonia.
The city of Vaasa is situated on the Finnish west coast in the region of Ostrobothnia. The City Hall´s Grand Hall is the site for the Jorma Panula International Conducting competition for the ninth time. Classical music tradition in Vaasa has a long history. In the city hall has since 1883 been arranged concerts and soarées with composers and conductors such as Armas Järnefelt, Toivo Kuula, Jean Sibelius and many more until today. The Chamber Music Hall in the house still hosts the oldest documented Steinway & Son grand piano in Finland.Read more
The application portal for the 9
The application portal for the first MINIKAPU - youth conducting competition introduced by prof. Jorma Panula is open until 29 February 2024.
Viljo and Maire Vuorio Foundation is preparing for the 9th version of JORMA PANULA INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION 3-7.9.2024 in the city of Vaasa.
For the first time in history Professor, academician Jorma Panula introduces in year 2024 a new conducting competition for especially young, talented conductors, JORMA PANULA MINIKAPU COMPETITION.
Maestro Jorma Panula is introducing this new competition for young students in Finland to secure the interest in conducting. The competition is arranged for the first time in Vaasa, Finland and runs alongside the 9th Jorma Panula International Conducting Competition.
The competition will hopefully increase the interest in conducting as a musical profession. The juniors will already, by participating, increase their visibility and hopefully find new open musical doors.More info