The application portal for the 9
The repertoire to be prepared by the contestants consists of works by Claude Debussy:Prélude à l´après-midi d´un faune and La Mer and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's arias from the opera The Marriage of Figaro and Jean Sibelius' great Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47. The full programme
An orchestral work by Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu has been specially commissioned for the competition and will be premiered/rehearsed on the 5th of September. Tiensuu is one of the most influential composers of our time. He has composed around 100 works for various ensembles and orchestras that have been premiered around the world. He has received numerous awards for his work.
The application portal for the first MINIKAPU - youth conducting competition introduced by prof. Jorma Panula is open until 29 February 2024. The competition is aimed at Finnish and foreign students of conducting in Finland and will run at the same time as the international competition in Vaasa City Hall. The first round of the competition will be held on the 5th of September, but the participants can follow the international competition from the 4th of September. With the competition, Maestro Panula wants to further promote orchestral conducting to young music students. The age limit for applicants is 20 years. Eight applicants will be selected for the competition.
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.
The timing is being changed from November to September to make it easier and more comfortable for visitors to attend the competition. The beautiful surroundings in the Vaasa region will probably be more attractive than in the darkness of November. The Vaasa City Hall is the venue for the competition.
Academician Jorma Panula has invited members of the jury together with himself to find the best conductor of the competition among 20 chosen contestants. The members beside the chairman Jorma Panula are, Professor Ed Spanjaard from The Netherlands, conductor Maria Badstue from Denmark, Vytautas Lukočius from Lithuania, and Mikko Franck from Finland. All members of the jury have long experience of conducting and some from teaching. Besides this, the orchestras in the competition, Vaasa City Orchestra and Jyväskylä Sinfonia will name one musician as member to the jury. The two orchestras have been competition orchestras since the year 2003.
The competition is open for applicants under the age of 40, from countries in EU, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Great Britain. The application period open 1.12.2023 – 29.2.2024. And the registration form and rules will be found on this webpage by the end of November.
In year 2021 the competition attracted over 150 applicants. For the next competition we hope for as many applicants again. A group of expertise together with the Maestro Jorma Panula, will choose 20 contestants to compete in one of the most prestigious conducting competitions in Europe.
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 (in English meaning JUNIOR CONDUCTING COMPETITION).
The reason, as Panula describes it, is that he is worried about the future education of conductors in Finland and wants to further raise the interest for orchestral conducting among young musicians. As a professor still teaching orchestral conducting at the age of 93, his work is making fantastic results, both as professor at the Sibelius Academy earlier, and now still, within his own master class program The Panula Academy. One of Finland's most important exports within classical music are conductors making careers abroad. Most of them have at some stage been taught by Maestro Panula, such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Susanna Mälkki, Sakari Oramo, Mikko Franck, Pietari Inkinen, Klaus Mäkelä, Dalia Stasevska, Dima Slobodeniouk, Tarmo Peltokoski just to mention a few.
The competition will run alongside the international competition during the same time but is two days shorter. The competition is meant for Finnish students and foreign students living in Finland. The maximum age for the applicants is 20 years of age. There is no lower limit in age. The period of application is 1.1 - 29.2.2024 through this web page.
The orchestra in the competition will be the Wasa Sinfonietta. The jury for the competition will be professor Atso Almila, conductors Jukka Iisakkila and Ville Mankkinen.
As the new webpage www.panulacompetition.fi is opened, we wish you welcome to follow our page and to share our news. We will from now on publish information and news regarding the conducting competitions, both the 9th international and the first MINIKAPU competitions. As we now are having the warmest time in Finland, summer – or green winter – depends on what you prefer to call it, we will intensify the news from September onwards.
I have by the Viljo and Maire Vuorio Foundation got the possibility to be part of the organizing committee as producer for the competitions in year 2024.
The task feels lovely and interesting. I have earlier had my own chamber music festival Korsholm Music Festival, which now is in good hands, and therefore can continue to work with classical music in this format. Some winners and participants in the international conducting competitions during the years have been performing in the Korsholm Music Festival. Also, the cooperation with Vaasa City Orchestra is familiar. I really look forward to the excitement and musical experiences that the competitions will bring. Welcome to follow our news.
A foundation to support classical music in Vaasa. The Vuorio Foundation was founded in 1998 after the siblings Viljo and Maire Vuorio. They donated most of their heritage to a Foundation with the legislation to support classical music interests in The City of Vaasa. Viljo and Maire Vuorio Foundation is the main organizer and financier of the competitions. Thanks to the cooperation with academician Jorma Panula, the competitions that carry his name are made possible.
https://vuorionsaatio.fi/ (only in Finnish)