The Bordighera Symphony Orchestra, in cooperation with Iberclassica, announces the third 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 from 7 to 10 November 2024.


The competition is structurated in two main phases:


The qualification phase begins on April the 25th and ends on August 25th and consists of the video and CV examination. 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 November 2024, days 7,8,9 in Bordighera (Italy) with chamber orchestra.

The final consist of a public concert with symphony orchestra and will be held at the Auditorium Chiesa anglicana on November the 10th 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 April 2024 the 25th to August 2024 the 25th; 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 (maximum number of admitted candidates 80) will be informed by e-mail within August the 31th; the names of the admitted candidates will also be published on the website;

The competition is structured as follows:

Semifinal: Chamber Orchestra November 7,8,9.

Final: Symphony Orchestra November 10.

3. Repertoire:

Semifinal: Chamber Orchestra.

Eduard Elgar: Serenade op.20

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

Final: Symphony Orchestra.

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony n°8

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony n°31 (Pariser)

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/Opera in the season 2024/2025 in a Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria

– 1 concerto in the season 2024/2025 of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo

– 1 concerto in the season 2024/2025 of the Orchestra Boccherini di Lucca

– 1 concert/opera in the opera season 2024/2025 of the Parma Opera Art at the “Reggia di Colorno”

– 1 concert/opera in the opera season 2024/2025 og the Orchestra del teatro dell’Opera Giocosa di Savona

– Money Prize: € 1500,00

Official Diploma

Second classified:

– 1 concert in the season 2024/2025 of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bordighera

– 1 concert in the season 2024/2025 of the Orchestra Sinfonica Bruni di Cuneo

-Money prize: € 750,00

– 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 jury for both the phases will be composed by the following members:

M° Giovanni Di Stefano (Italy), President of the Jury

Conductor and General Director of the “Teatro dell’ Opera Giocosa” of Savona

M° Gianpaolo Mazzoli (Italy)

Conductor, composer and General Director of the Conservatorio “Luigi Boccherini” of Lucca

M° Eddy Lovaglio (Italy)

President and Manager of the “Parma Opera Art”

M° Massimo Dal Prà (Italy)

Conductor & Artistic Director of the “Bordighera Symphony Orchestra”

M° Davide La Bollita (Bulgary)

Artistic Consultant of the “Opera Theatre” of Varna

M° Paola Mosca (Italy)

Cellist and Vice president of the “Orchestra Bruni” of Cuneo

M° Fabio Merlini (Italy)

Concert manager of the “I Solisti Veneti” Orchestra

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 August 2024 the 25th.

For any information: iconducting@gmail.com

7. Fees
The application fee to the qualification phase consists in € 90,00 not refundable. Admitted candidates to the second phase in Bordighera will be required to pay the participation fee that consists in €400,00 not refundable. Details about the payment will be sent to all 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;