German Conductors' Award (Deutscher Dirigentenpreis)
The German Conductors' Award (DDP) is an international competition for young conductors organised by the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council) in partnership with the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmony), the Oper Köln (Cologne Opera), the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln (Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne) and the WDR Sinfonieorchester (Symphonic Orchestra of broadcasting station WDR). The next competition will take place in Cologne from 18th to 23rd October 2021.
The prestigious award was awarded for the first time in 1995 as “Award of the Conductors' Forum” and since 2006 as “German Conductors’ Award” to an outstanding scholarship holder of the funding programme “Conductors' Forum” (“Dirigentenforum”) and is the result of an initiative of the “Conductors' Forum”, the “Bad Homburg Castle Concerts” (“Bad Homburger Schlosskonzerte”) and the “BFH Bank Foundation” (“BFH-Bank-Stiftung”). For the first time in 2017, the competition was held internationally, attracting great media attention. Since then, the DDP has been accompanied in the media by the WDR broadcasting station – with its channel WDR 3 being the award’s cultural partner.
The DDP equally takes the genres of opera and concert into consideration in the repertoire and thus demands cross-genre skills from the candidates. Two excellent orchestras, extraordinary singers and a first class concert hall are going to be at their disposal during the competition. With its prize money and other extensive support measures, the DDP is considered one of the most highly endowed awards for conductors in Europe.
Live recording from the final round of the German Conductors' Award 2019