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Press release 9.1.2024


Viljo and Maire Vuorio Foundation has started the process of preparing for the 9th JORMA PANULA INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION 2024. The competitionperiod will change from November to September. The competition will take place from 3rd to 7th of September 2024 in the City Hall of Vaasa.

The reason for change is to be able to offer some of the warm weather and beautiful surroundings of Vaasa to visitors and to arrange the event before the real symphony orchestra´s autumn season start.

Professor Jorma Panula has again chosen a most competent jury for the competition from different countries to evaluate the contestants. Beside himself as chairman of the jury there will be Professor Ed Spanjaard, The Netherlands, conductors Maria Badstue, Denmark, Vytautas Lukočius, Lithuania and Mikko Franck, Finland. The secretary of the jury will be music director Mr Michael Claussen.

The competition is open for conductors from EU member countries, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Great Britain. The upper age limit is 40 years. The Application period will open 1.12.2023 and finish 29.2.2024. In total 20 contestants will be chosen to compete in the city of Vaasa in September 2024. Since year 2003 the competition orchestras have been Vaasa City Orchestra and Jyväskylä Sinfonia, so again in 2024.

The applications will be received via the webpage

The application platform will be open by the end of November 2023. The repertoire is already presented on the webpage and the soloists performing in the competition will be published by end of October 2023.


Professor Panula is in the year 2024 introducing a new competition for young talented students of conducting. The competition is open to Finnish students and foreign students living in Finland. The competition is arranged parallel with the international conducting competition in Vaasa City Hall.

As a reason for the new competition Maestro Panula wants to raise the interest in conducting orchestras among young music students. The age limit is 20 years of age and the application period for this competition is 1.1 – 29.2.2024. Only eight contestants will be granted the chance to compete. The competition orchestra will be Wasa Sinfonietta. The jury members will be professor Atso Almila, as chairman and conductors Jukka Iisakkila and Ville Mankkinen. The repertoire is visible on the webpage.

The consequent work of teaching conducting that professor Jorma Panula has been performing during his lifetime and still doing has had fantastic results. The most important export product within classical music is perhaps the Finnish conductors making international careers all over the world. Panula has been named” the hidden hand” behind many of the conductors of today.


Monica Johnson
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