We are deeply sorry to announce that, in view of the current international situation relating to the spread of COVID-19 which would have prevented several candidates and members of the jury to come to Paris next week, the Paris Mozart Orchestra and Philharmonie de Paris made the decision to postpone the inaugural La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors due to take place at the Philharmonie de Paris between 16-19 March 2020.
The inaugural La Maestra Competition will now take place from Tuesday 15 until Friday 18 September 2020 at the Philharmonie de Paris. The 1st round and semi-final will take place in the Studio, and the final general rehearsal and concert will take place in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, which will give the opportunity to many more members of the audience to attend this great event. Our partner Arte Concert has already confirmed that all stages of the competition will be broadcast live on its website, as originally planned.
Many of us – candidates, members of the jury, musicians, staff at the Paris Mozart Orchestra and Philharmonie de Paris, members of the public and of the wider classical music community – were looking forward to this event. Although we feel some sadness today, we look forward to September with great excitement and hope.
We will come back as soon as possible with more details, and in the meantime, we send our very best wishes to all of you in these very unusual times.