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.

Greetings from the Producer

Greetings from the Producer

As the new webpage 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.

Monica Johnson


Monica Johnson
+358 (0)50 911 33 49

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