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

Many of you were looking forward to this news…

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.

This 3rd Competition promises to be even more ambitious, with a prestigious and gender-balanced international Jury chaired by Nathalie Stutzmann (Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Kristiansand Symfoniorkeste, Principal Guest Conductor at the Philadelphia Orchestra), and stronger visibility for women composers in every one of the Paris rounds.

La Maestra is open to professional women conductors from all over the world, without age limit. Next September, 14 conductors will be selected by a gender-balanced committee to attend the final rounds in March 2024.

La Maestra’s mission doesn’t end on the day after the final rounds of the Competition: for 2 years, the winners will join La Maestra Academy and be provided with a raft of personal and career development opportunities.

Society is evolving. More and more women conductors are being programmed in musical institutions, but we know that the fight must continue until gender equality is permanently etched into the international musical landscape. Giving confidence and visibility to the talented women who are emerging as orchestral conductors is a cause La Maestra will continue to champion with commitment and passion.

Applications will open on 8 March 2023, on the occasion of the International Women Right’s Day.