5th edition, 2014

September, 1-5, 2014
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5th International Conducting Competition

Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest


Eighty-eight (88) contestants applied for the 5th Edition of the International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales, all young conductors, under 35 years of age, from 37 countries (and 5 continents).

The finals and the Gala concert took place on September 5th, ar the Romanian Athenaeum, where the finalists conducted the George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra and Irina Iordachescu and Adrian Dumitry, who were the soloists.

The three finalists also were awarded a future concert with the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in Iasi; Haoran Li another concert at the Banatul Philharmonics in Timisoara and Giancarlo Rizzi (Italy), one of the semi-finalists, a concert at the Kielce Philharmonics (Poland).

On September 6th, as Special Prize, all three finalists conducted in the Opening Concert of the “George Enescu” International Competition.

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Haoran Li, China, 1st Prize

Prize of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra

Haoran Li was awarded a future concert with the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in Iasi and another concert at the Banatul Philharmonics in Timisoara and Giancarlo Rizzi (Italy).

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Yang Jiao, China

2nd Prize

Yang Jiao is a graduate of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied conducting with Professor Xin Xu and Maestro Yi Zhang and was assistant conductor to Maestro Yongyan Hu. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Yale School of Music, where he studies with Maestro Shinik Hahm.

In 2006, Mr. Jiao won Third Prize at the Shenzhen National Conducting Competition in China. Since that time, he has been invited to conduct at the Beijing Modern Music Festival annually. In 2007, Mr. Jiao took part in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Asia Tour, where he attended a master class with Maestro Daniel Harding and conducted the famous orchestra.

Since 2007, Mr. Jiao has been the resident guest conductor of the Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra and the resident conductor of the Beijing Institute of Technology University Symphony Orchestra. He has also been the conductor of the Golden Tail Symphony Orchestra of Beijing No. 22 Middle School Symphony Orchestra and EOS Orchestra Academy; he led performances of both orchestras in 2009 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Mr. Jiao has also received warm praise by local audiences and critics for the performances of the Golden Tail Symphony Orchestra during their 2010 France Tour.

Additionally, Mr. Jiao has conducted many other ensembles in his home of China and abroad, including: China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, China Opera and Dance Symphony Orchestra, China Central Opera Symphony Orchestra, China Youth Chinese Orchestra, China Central Chinese Orchestra, Chorus of Shanghai Opera, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra and most recently, The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale.

Though studying and working as a conductor, Mr. Jiao has never abandoned playing piano to this day. In August 2004, he won Second Prize in the First National Piano Competition for the German Beethoven Festival. The piano trio, established for only one year at the time, recently produced its first recording. Mr. Jiao later performed Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon together with the Shanghai String Quintet and professor Michael Friedmann from Yale University.

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Donka Miteva, Bulgaria

3rd prize

Since October 2011 Donka Miteva is appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of Collegium Musicum Berlin and gave her Debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall in 2012.
In 2011 she was awarded the special Prize for her artistic achievments by the Music and Theatre friends´society Münster.

Between 2007 and 2011 Donka Miteva was a Conductor and Choir Director at the State Opera in Münster, Germany with productions of „Tristan and Isolde“, „Turandot“ , “Rigoletto”, “Aida”, “Parsifal” ,“Boris Godunow”, “Nabucco” etc.

She worked with the Münster Symphony Orchestra, Sonderborg Symphony, Enescu Philharmonie, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Nord Czech Philharmonic, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Burgas Opera,Orquestra do Algarve a.o.

Donka Miteva was awarded scholarships from the Richard Wagner Society, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the European Academy Montepulciano and the Noel Minet Foundation.
Donka Miteva received her Diplom Degree in Orchestra Conducting from the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and her Master Degree in Choral conducting from the State Academy of Music in Sofia. She also studied at Accademia Chigiana with Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti, Kenneth Keisler, Jorma Panula and Benjamin Zander.

Sander Frans Frederik Teepen, Netherlands & Yuta Shimizu, Japan

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention and Sander Frans Frederik Teepen also received the Prize of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra.

Thank you all who supported the project:

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