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Final of the Maestra competition. The Maestra, 1st edition of the International Conductors Competition.  Twelve candidates conduct the Paris Mozart Orchestra during the semifinals and finals of the competition which takes place from 14 to 18 September 2020 at the Philharmonie de Paris. Paris, September 18, 2020.
Final du concours de la Maestra. La Maestra, 1ere edition du Concours International de Cheffes d Orchestre. Douze candidates dirigent l orchestre du Paris Mozart Orchestra durant les demies-finales et finales du concours qui se tient du 14 au 18 Septembre 2020 a la Philharmonie de Paris. Paris, le 18 septembre 2020.
Competition

La Maestra 2022: thank you to our 202 candidates!

Applications for La Maestra 2022 Competition are closed! Discover the profile of the candidates…

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DEBORAH_BORDA (c) Dario Acosta
Competition

Meet our 2022 Jury Chair: Deborah Borda

“Now, it’s time to turn the page and to look forward. This is what La Maestra is about.”
Watch Deborah Borda’s message for future candidates!

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Academy events

Saturday 25 September
2021
 / 
20h00

DIVERSITÀ #2 CONCERT – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Théâtre Pablo Neruda - Bobigny, France
Saturday 25 September 2021 — 20h00

DIVERSITÀ #2 CONCERT – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Paris Mozart Orchestra
Claire Gibault, conductor
Glass Marcano, conductor
Sodi Braide, piano

Program
Johannes Brahms 
Variations sur un thème de Haydn
Clara Schumann Concerto for piano
Fabio Vacchi Was Beethoven African ?
Maurice Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

Sunday 26 September
2021
 / 
09h00

MASTERCLASS FRANÇOIS-XAVIER ROTH – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Philharmonie de Paris
Sunday 26 September 2021 — 09h00

MASTERCLASS FRANÇOIS-XAVIER ROTH – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Paris Mozart Orchestra
François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Rebecca Tong, conductor’s assistant
Glass Marcano, conductor’s assistant

Conducting masterclass on Sunday, September 26th 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am 

Program
Maurice Ravel
Pavane for a Dead Princess
Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

Monday 27 September
2021
 / 
20h30

DIVERSITÀ #2 CONCERT – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la Musique
Monday 27 September 2021 — 20h30

DIVERSITÀ #2 CONCERT – PARIS MOZART ORCHESTRA

Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
Claire Gibault, conductor
Glass Marcano, conductor
Paris Mozart Orchestra

Program
Johannes Brahms
Variations sur un thème de Haydn
Clara Schumann Concerto for piano
Fabio Vacchi Was Beethoven African ?
Maurice Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

The story

Why create a conducting competition – with a complementary Academy – open only to women?

A legitimate question, perhaps, given that the first signs of changing attitudes towards women conductors are becoming apparent in some parts of the world …

But while more and more women conductors are enjoying successful careers, deeply entrenched sexist discrimination is sadly still a very-present obstacle for many.

With La Maestra International Competition & Academy the Paris Mozart Orchestra and the Philharmonie de Paris are together seeking to unite the international musical world behind a strong commitment to women conductors, encourage vocational aspiration among women and offer the youngest among them unprecedented levels of support.

The inaugural La Maestra Competition took place in Paris in September 2020 and was a resounding world-wide success, attracting 220 applicants of 51 different nationalities and a wide variety of backgrounds. Applicants’ backstories revealed personal circumstances which differed wildly from one country to another. This, together with the exceptional artistic quality displayed by the chosen candidates, has validated our original decision to take a strong stand and encourages us to renew our efforts.

For there is yet more to be done. The talent is there, in all its abundance and variety. It is now up to all of us to give women orchestral conductors the visibility and support they deserve.

Paris Mozart Orchestra

Founded by Claire Gibault in 2011, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is a flexible ensemble varying in size and instrumentation according to the demands of each project. Showcasing the talents of the outstanding young soloists of the Paris Mozart Orchestra – among them, as concert master and string session principals, the four members of the internationally ­acclaimed prize-winning Psophos Quartet – lies at the heart of the PMO project.

Cité de la musique
Philharmonie de Paris

Listen, watch, learn, discover and practice music in every form. The Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris aims at offering spaces where the greatest ensembles play alongside young musicians and children just starting out in music. It encompasses a new building designed by Jean Nouvel (called Philharmonie) and the current Cité de la musique, created by Christian de Portzamparc. With its numerous spaces, resident ensembles and innovative artistic mission, it is a cultural centre that is truly unique in the world, bringing music awareness and learning to a diverse public.