The competition searching for the best young baton in the world starts tomorrow with 25 candidates for the prize
Llíria triggered the 1st “Llíria City of Music” International Orchestra Conducting Competition, organized by the Llíria City Council, with the welcoming of the contestants and the presentation of the event, which took place at the facilities of the Banda Primitiva.
The competition was opened with the presence of the Mayor of Llíria, Joanma Miguel; the Councillor for Music, Pedro Vicente; the artistic director of the competition, Cristóbal Soler; the president of the jury, Edetan conductor Manuel Galduf; and the rest of the members of the selection board: John Carewe, Francisco Coll, Virginia Martínez and Carlos Riazuelo.
“Our city offers young conductors the opportunity to make a leap in their careers” explains the Mayor of Llíria, Joanma Miguel. “But the competition is also an opportunity for our city to show not only its musical side, but also its tourist, gastronomic and monumental potential.”
As for the Councillor for Music, Pedro Vicente wanted to thank “the commitment of all the candidates and, above all, the collaboration of all the members of the jury and the sponsors who make it possible for us to organize an event of international outreach.”
After the presentation, a conference was held by the journalist and music expert Justo Romero. The dissertation focused on the profession of conductors and the presence of top-level conductors in Llíria throughout the 20th century.
The competition starts on Tuesday
Starting tomorrow, the competition will look for the best young baton from around the world in four phases that will be played throughout the week at the Professional Conservatory of Music of Llíria and at the Teatro de la Unión Musical.
The organization of the competition and the jury have welcomed the 25 candidates from 17 different countries, who have thoroughly prepared to win the first prize and the possibility of being invited to conduct some of the best orchestras in Spain.
Before the presentation, the order of participation in the competition has been drawn, which will start with the last name that has the initial C. The first to act will be Jerónimo Castelló. It will be on Tuesday 13 July, starting at 10.30 am, in the auditorium of the Professional Conservatory of Music of Llíria, which will be the stage for the first phase of the competition.
For the next five days, Llíria will be more than ever the City of Music, where the next great international figure of orchestral conducting will be sought.