International Competition for Women Conductors
3rd edition  |  14–17 March 2024

At the Philharmonie de Paris & live on ARTE Concert and Philharmonie Live

Registrations are closed.



Concours La Maestra 3e edition Competition

Opening of registration – La Maestra 2024 Competition

It is with great excitement and pride that the Paris Mozart Orchestra and Philharmonie de Paris announce the opening of applications for the 3rd edition of La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors.

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Announcement: La Maestra 2024, 3rd edition of the International Competition for Women Conductors

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.

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Final of the Maestra competition with Stephanie Childress . 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 avec Stephanie Childress. 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 is…

Following the Final of La Maestra 2022, discover our 3 laureates!

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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.


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.


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.