Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition

The Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition, is a music competition for young conductors organized by the Cadaqués Orchestra in Catalonia, Spain.


The competition takes place every two years and is organized by the Cadaqués Orchestra. The first competition was organized in 1992 with the idea of being a platform for young conductors starting their professional careers. The first prizes consists of a cash award and engagements to conduct orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra. The presidents of the jury have been the conductors Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Sir Neville Marriner. Lutz Köhler, Philippe Entremont, Jorma Panula, Alexander Rahbari, Adrian Leaper and Gianandrea Noseda have been members of the jury. In each competition one of the compulsory pieces is a new commission. Xavier Montsalvatge, Cristóbal Halffter, Luis de Pablo, Joan Guinjoan and Leonardo Balada have written pieces for the competition.


  • 2017 First Prize: Nuno Coelho. Second Prize: Felix Mildenberger.
  • 2013 First Prize: Lorenzo Viotti. Second Prize: Vlad Vizireanu.
  • 2010 First Prize: Andrew Gourlay. Second Prize: Domingo Garcia Hindoyan.
  • 2008 First Prize: Michal Nestorowicz. Second Prize: Daniele Rustioni.
  • 2006 First Prize: Pablo González. Second Prize: Justin Doyle.
  • 2004 First Prize: not awarded. Second Prize: Hans Leenders.
  • 2002 First Prize: Vasily Petrenko. Second Prize: Jonathan Pasternack.
  • 2000 First Prize: not awarded. Second Prize: Christoph Müller.
  • 1998 First Prize: Gloria Isabel Ramos. Second Prize: not awarded.
  • 1996 First Prize: Achim Fiedler. Second Prize: Zsolt Hamar.
  • 1994 First Prize: Gianandrea Noseda. Second Prize: Christopher Gayford.
  • 1992 First Prize: Charles Peebles. Second Prize: Alejandro Posadas.