The story

Today, no permanent state-funded French orchestra can boast a female music ­director. According to a recent study, only 4% of conductors programmed by French musical institutions are ­women. The situation is no better in Europe, where only 6% of guest conductors are women. Aimed at gifted professionals, the ­International Competition for Women ­Conductors will showcase 12 ­candidates of the highest calibre, following a carefully-managed ­selection process.

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.


12 candidates

announcement of the 12 selected candidates!

The Paris Mozart Orchestra and the Philharmonie de Paris are delighted to announce the name of the 12 women orchestral conductors who have been selected …

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end of applications

The application period is now over and the selection committee will soon begin its work. Watch out for more news soon!

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Les Victoires New Partner

New collaboration with Les Victoires de la Musique

The Victoires de la Musique proudly support La Maestra. As part of this association to the competition, one of the prize winners will take part …

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