La Maestra Competition
International Competition for Women Conductors – 3rd edition
14–17 March 2024
At the Philharmonie de Paris & live on ARTE Concert and Philharmonie Live
Opening of applications: 8 March 2023
La Maestra Academy
Following two acclaimed editions in 2020 and 2022, the Paris Mozart Orchestra and Philharmonie de Paris are very proud to announce the 3rd edition of La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors, to take place on 14–17 March 2024 in Paris.
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.
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. Through challenging and innovative programming, the PMO champions both classical and contemporary music, while advancing the accessibility of the arts in a generous spirit of open-hearted partnership.
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.