Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor, 2023 VCO


The first prize 11 000 euros
The second prize 8 000 euros
Third prize 6 000 euros

The official name of the competition is the IX Jorma Panula International Conducting Competition, Vaasa, Finland. The Jorma Panula Conducting Competition is among the most prestigious conducting competitions in Europe and is now 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 competition, which is held every three years. In year 2024, 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 the Jyväskylä Sinfonia.

The Jury

Jorma Panula

Jorma Panula
Chairman, Finland

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Maria Badstue

Maria Badstue

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Mikko Franck

Mikko Franck

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Vytautas Lukočius

Vytautas Lukočius

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Ed Spanjaard

Ed Spanjaard
The Netherlands

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  • Competitors must be citizens of European Union member states, Great Britain, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland.
  • The upper age limit is 40 years. The competition is open to applicants born after 7th of September 1984.
  • Twenty competitors will be selected among the applicants by a professional team, led by Prof. Jorma Panula. Every approved contestant will be personally contacted by the secretary about the result.
  • Application is made online on website . Application period is from 1st of December 2023 to 29th of February 2024. The platform opens 1.12.2023.
  • Attachments:
    • Curriculum Vitae (please provide no more than 10 items). Please provide professional information, not exceeding 400 words.
    • One high resolution photo (new/recent), digital format jpeg, jpg, pdf (max 4 MB, resolution 300dpi).
  • Attachments (cont.):
    • Video recording: Attached link which includes digitally recorded video material for downloading (on Youtube, Vimeo). The video recording must include material that shows the competitor conducting an orchestra in rehearsal and/or concert situations. The total length of video recordings must be about 10-15 minutes in length and recorded from the orchestras point of view. Very low picture/sound quality can be discarded.
  • The selection will be made on the basis of the recordings by the end of April 2024.
  • The non-refundable registration fee is 60 € and must be paid together with the application (attach receipt). A fee of 550 € will later be charged from the 20 contestants chosen for the competition. The fee covers necessary accommodation and events arranged for the contestants.

The orchestras of 2024

Vaasa City Orchestra

Regular orchestral concerts in Vaasa date back to 1930, when an Orchestra Society was founded in the town. In 1974, the orchestra became part of the City of Vaasa. Vaasa City Orchestra comprises 31 musicians. Tomas Djupsjöbacka has been the...

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Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Jyväskylä Sinfonia is a classical music gem in Central Finland, whose heart beats in Jyväskylä and plays throughout the region. The orchestra's nearly 120 events reach more than 35 000 listeners every year, from symphony concerts to genre-bending...

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The soloists of 2024

Soprano, Iris Candelaria
Baritone, Luke Terence Scott
Violin, Tami Pohjola

Guest composer

Jukka Tiensuu, Finland

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Monica Johnson
+358 (0)50 911 33 49
Michael Claussen
Secretary of the international jury

The Competition Office is located at Vaasa City Hall during the competition.
Street address: Senaatinkatu 1, 65100 Vaasa
Postal address: PO Box 3, FI-65101 VAASA