The Bordighera Symphony Orchestra, in cooperation with Iberclassica, announces the second edition of the:

“ITALIAN CONDUCTING COMPETITION” dedicated to Alceo Galliera.

The competition is open to all musicians of any nationality without age limits.

The competition will take place in Bordighera on September 2023 day 8th and 9th.


The competition is structurated in two main phases:


The qualification phase begins on January 2023 from the 1th and ends on May 2023 the 31th and consists of the video and CV examination totally free of charge. The candidates are required to send a video to show their skills. Any kind of ensemble is accepted, with the minimum number of two performing artists in case of arrangements (for example a reduction of a piece or score for two pianos).


The semifinal round will take place on September 2023 the 8th in Bordighera (Italy) with piano.

The final will consist of a public concert with chamber orchestra to be held at the Auditorium Chiesa anglicana on September the 9th in Bordighera (Italy).

1. Eligibility:

The competition is open to all conductors, of all nationalities and without age limits.

2. First phase:

Applications can be sent from January 2023 the 1th to May the 31th; candidates must send the link to one video that will be qualified by the jury.


The candidates are required to send a video to show the candidate’s skills. Any kind of ensemble is accepted, with the minimum number of two performing artists in case of arrangements (for example a reductions for two pianos)


The admitted candidates will be informed by e-mail within June the 30th; the names of the admitted candidates will also be published on the website;

The competition is structured as follows:

Semifinal: piano four hands on September the 8th.

Final: Chamber Orchestra on September the 9th.

3. Repertoire:

Semifinal: piano 4 hands.

L. Van Beethoven: Symphony n°1, First movement.

Each competitor will have a maximum time of 10 minutes for the test.

Final: Chamber Orchestra.

F. J. Haydn: Sinfonia N°45 “Farewell”, first and second movement.

W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia n° 29, first and fourth movement.

O. Respighi: Antiche arie e danze terza suite, first and third movement.

Each competitor will have 45 minutes to rehearse the piece in the morning of the day concert.
Public in the concert is part of the competition, and each competitor will conduct the assigned piece.
The winner will be announced after the final concert, to the presence of the public.
The pieces will be drawn just after the semifinal

4. Prizes:

First classified:

– 1 concert in the 2023/2024 season of the Varna Opera Theater

– 1 concert in the 2023/2024 season of the Bordighera Symphony Orchestra

– 1 concert in the 2023/2024 season of the Boccherini Orchestra of Lucca

– 1 concert in the 2023/2024 opera season of the Parma Opera Art (Reggia di Colorno)

– Money prize: €2000.00

Official diploma and plaque of the Municipality of Bordighera

Second classified:

– 1 concert in the 2023/2024 concert season of the Orchestra dei Servi of Bologna

-Money prize: €1000.00

– Official diploma.

Third classified:

-Money prize: €500,00

– Official diploma.


1) Tactus Label could choose a finalist candidate as a conductor for a new cd release.

All semifinalists will receive an official semifinalist certificate.

The final round of the competition will be open to the public and managers of Artist Agencies. The Artistic Director of Tactus label will be present.

5. Jury
The International jury will be composed by the following members:
M° Gianpaolo Mazzoli (Italy), Conductor, Composer and General Director of the Conservatorio “Luigi Boccherini” of Lucca

M° Massimo Dal Prà (Italia), Conductor and Artisti Director of the “Bordighera Symphony Orchestra”

M° Eddi Lovaglio (Italia), President of the “Parma Opera Art”

M° Davide la Bollita, Artistic Consultant of the Theater of Varna

M° Lorenzo Bizzarri, Conductor and Artistic Director of the orchestra dei Servi a Bologna

NB all the members of the jury will be present from the first day until the end of the competition. In case of illness or force majeure the organization will replace the missing member with another internationally acknowledged Maestro;

6. Registration
To get registered you must send the application form and the required documents by Midnight (12:00 p.m.) GMT on May 2023 the 31th

For any information: iconducting@gmail.com

7. Fees
The application to the qualification phase is completely free of charge. Admitted candidates to the second phase in Bordighera will be required to pay the participation fee that consists in €350,00 not refundable. Details about the payment will be sent to all the selected candidates.

8. Transfer and accommodation
Transfers and accommodation are up to the participants;

9. Media rights
The candidates will by submitting their application hand over all rights of the TV and radio recordings to the Promoter, this includes all pictures taken on and off stage;
The candidates will also by submitting their application give their permission and approval to the Promoter to use the candidates’ names and pictures in press releases;

10. Final notice
The participation to the competition implies the full acceptance of the present rules.

The organization reserves the right to modify the rules and the procedure for carrying out the competition in case of force majeure. In that case the organization will give prompt notification of any modification that may occur.

The decisions of the jury are final and cannot be appealed; jury members are not obliged to give any explanation to the participants for their decisions;

The participation fee will not be refunded for any reason, except only for the cancellation of the competition;

For any controversy the English text of the announcement must be considered;