7th edition, 2016

28 August - 1 September 2016
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7th International Conducting Competition

Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest


This project represents the implementing in Romania, by ELITE ART Club UNESCO (in its capacity as sole Romanian representative of Jeunesses Musicales International http://jmi.net/), of the conducting competition initiated by Jeunesses Musicales International, one of the most renowned and appreciated classical music competitions for young people in the world, with a history of over 50 years.

The aim of the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest is to create opportunities for young musicians from all over the world in order to increase their participation in the European institutions of creation. As such, the performance opportunities offered by the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest will promote not only music and young talents but will naturally lead to a significant circulation of the artistic works and cultural products.

In addition to its main goal, the competition wishes to stimulate mutual interaction and create a real dialogue between the young musicians which will permit them to learn from one another, to discover not only their own abilities but also facts about their socio-cultural past thus promoting intercultural dialogue.

The general objective of the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest is to ensure transborder collaboration among young people: through the competition’s program and all the included events we wish to create a meeting and interpretation space with as many participants as possible, from different environments thus leading to awareness regarding cultural diversity and strengthening the intercultural dialogue.

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Chang Yu-An, Taiwan

1st Prize

Chang was originally from Chinese Orchestra and how he is the rising star as a conductor. His story is inspiring. Chang, now 30, was born and raised in Peng Hu. It wasn’t until high school that his music teacher found his talent in music. He later entered the Department of Music and studied Traditional Chinese. Professor Apo Hsu discovered his potential in conducting and Chang went to Hochschule fuer Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin to study orchestra conducting.

During his years in Germany, he has worked with Frankfurt Staatsorchester and Brandenburg Sinfoniker. In 2014, he was chosen as representative of HfM Berlin to join the Deutsche Hochschulewettbewerb Orchesterdirigieren. Last year, Chang worked with Konzerthausorchester Berlin and in the same year, he made it to the finalists of Besangon International Competition for Young Conductors. This year, he did pretty well, too. For Chang, the best thing for joining the competition is not the prize but the faith to believe in music. Now, there are 2 orchestra inviting him to conduct for the next year. He will continue his path. No pain, no gain. Chang said he had frustration before, but “I know that I couldn’t give up on music, that’s why I will keep working on it.”

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Simon Proust, France

2nd Prize

Despite his young age, Simon Proust has already had many successful experiences as a conductor. Second prize of the International Conducting Competition George Enesco in Bucharest and Talent ADAMI chef d’orchestre 2016, his career is starting in France and abroad. His passion for orchestral music manifests itself through his sensitive and energetic conducting of a large variety of musical styles.

Simon Proust started his musical education as a percussionist. He entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. He completed his conducting studies with a master diploma in June 2015. Simon Proust’s musicianship has been influenced by personalities like Alain Altinoglu, David Zinman, Pascal Rophé, Susanna Mälkki, Peter Eötvos and Bernard Haitink.

During the season 2015-2016, his career started in France with different institutions: Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Opéra National de Lorraine and Orchestre Symphonique Région-Centre Tours. In February 2016, he won the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship and he joined the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to work with the students and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

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Nodoka Okisawa, Japan

3rd prize

Nodoka Okisawa graduated from the conducting division of the Tokyo University of the Arts music department at the top of her class. Upon graduation, she received the Acanthus music and vocal awards, and is currently enrolled in the University’s graduate school. Ms. Okisawa has studied conducting under Yoshikazu Tanaka, Yoko Matsuo, Tadaaki Otaka and Ken Takaseki, and has taken master classes from Michiyoshi Inoue, Tatsuya Shimono and Peter Gülke.

In each class, she was selected as an outstanding student and conducted orchestras. She attended the 19th Affinis Music Festival as a conducting researcher, and was a conducting researcher with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa from 2011 to 2012.

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Helmuth Reichel Silva, Germany

Special Prize

Helmuth Reichel Silva was born in 1983 in Santiago, Chile. He started to play violin at the age of five, attending the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Santiago, moving later to Germany in 2002. During this period he received several prizes and scholarships, such as the “Fondo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes”. After finishing his violin studies in Würzburg with Soloist-Diploma, he joined the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and later the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen at the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen. During this time he was able to collect invaluable experience as an orchestra musician both in symphony and opera, working with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Jonathan Nott, Hannu Lintu and Michael Sanderling, before going into conducting with Per Borin at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and Sebastian Tewinkel at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, where he finished his musical training. He attended courses by Jorma Panula, Yuji Yuasa, Rodolfo Fischer, Bruno Weil and Yuuko Amanuma. Helmuth Reichel Silva was laureate of the Dirigentenpodium Baden-Württemberg Conducting Program, which gives young conductors the opportunity to work with leading orchestras in Germany.

Helmuth Reichel Silva has conducted orchestras such as the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Oltenia Filarmonica, Georg Enescu Philharmonic, Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen and Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester. He has also collaborated with the Landesjugendorchester Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. From 2014 until 2016 he was Chief Conductor of the Sinfonieorchester der Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Freiburg.

Maxime Pitois, France &  Timur Zangiev, Russia

Honorable Mention

7th International Conducting Competition

Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest



Name Age


Abashev Artem 33 Russia
Barkauskas Modestas 34 Lithuania
Bischin Laurentiu 26 Romania
Casleanu Christian 26 Germany
Cha Woong 32 South Korea
Chang Yu-An 30 Taiwan
Chia Amos 26 Singapore
Chung Chanmin 25 South Korea
Doh Moon 30 USA
Eliasson Emil 27 Sweden
Eriksen Thor Anders 30 Norway
Fan Kai Hsi 33 Taiwan
Gooran Arash 26 Iran
Haugstad Elsine 27 Norway
Hermann Szabolcs 25 Romania
Holzinger David 32 Austria
Hsieh Hau Chun 21 Taiwan
Hsu Yu Han 30 Taiwan
Hyrabayashi Ryo 28 Japan
Kanai Toshifumi 32 Japan
Khudyev Farkhad 30 USA
Kim Yoon Jee 31 South Korea
Kwon Leonard 31 South Korea/USA
Lee Earl 32 Canada
Lee Shinae 34 South Korea
Leontev Mikhail 34 Russia
Liao Brian 24 Taiwan
Lougraida Mehdi 31 France
Matsumura Yugo 27 Japan
Matviyenko Dmitri 25 Belarus
Montesano Giuseppe 33 Italy
Muller Lorenz 24 Austria
Okisawa Nodoka 29 Japan
Pitois Maxime 28 France
Proust Simon 26 France
Rasmanis Andris 31 Latvia
Rompczyk Jakub 25 Poland
Raspopova Natalia 34 Australia
Reichel Silva Helmuth 33 Germany
Rozek Jaworska Ewelina 33 Poland
Sit Adrian 27 Hong Kong/Great Britain
Smithorn Rebecca 31 USA
Spotti Michele 23 Italy
Stanciu Sergiu 26 Romania
Tuul Edmar 26 Estonia
Weber Marian 25 Germany
Wilson Scott 31 Great Britain
Zamani Yalda 30 Iran
Zangara Valentino 23 Italy
Zangiev Timur 22 Russia

Thank you all who supported the project:

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