Deutscher Dirigentenpreis

German Conductors' Award (Deutscher Dirigentenpreis) - Cologne, 11th - 18th October 2019

The German Conductors' Award (DDP) is an international competition for young conductors organised by the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) in partnership with the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra (Kölner Philharmonie), the Cologne Opera (Oper Köln), the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (Gürzenich-Orchester Köln) and the Symphonic Orchestra of broadcasting station WDR (WDR Sinfonieorchester). From 11th to 18th October 2019, it will be held for the second time in Cologne. The prestigious award goes back to the Award of the Conductors' Forum, which was for the first time awarded in 1995 to an outstanding scholarship holder of the funding programme. For the first time in 2017, the competition was held internationally, attracting great media attention. In 2019, the DDP will also be accompanied in the media by the WDR broadcasting station – with its channel WDR 3 being the award’s cultural partner.

The DDP is unique in its requirements, because it equally takes the genres of opera and concert into consideration in the repertoire and thus demands cross-genre skills from the candidates. With a prize money of up to EUR 35,000 and other extensive support measures, it is considered one of the most highly endowed awards for conductors in Europe.

With these unique selling points, the DDP, held every two years, sets new standards and serves as a stepping stone for great careers. Agents, artistic directors and concert promoters will be attending the final concert on 18th October 2019 at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall (Kölner Philharmonie), ensuring that the winners will be celebrated on international stages in future.


Hossein Pishkar, winner of the DDP 2017, conducting the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne in the finale concert © WDR / Thomas Kost