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Siemens launches international competition for conductors

The Hallé Orchestra during a performance conducted by Sir Mark Elder

The Hallé Orchestra during a performance conducted by Sir Mark Elder

Jonathon Heyward, Assistant Conductor of the Hallé, performing at a concert

Jonathon Heyward, Assistant Conductor of the Hallé, performing at a concert

"Directing an orchestra is a continuous challenge for any kind of modern leadership. Siemens is proud to connect the best talents of not only the research and development sector, but also the creative fields on a global scale", said Stephan Frucht, Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program. John Summers, Chief Executive of the Hallé, added: "We are delighted to be working with Siemens to extend this opportunity to global audiences, bringing the very best and brightest musical talent to Manchester."
Next to Frucht and Summers, the seven-member jury consists of further experts of the classical music world, namely Sir Mark Elder (Music Director of the Hallé), Carola Reul (Managing Director, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie), Geoffrey Owen (Head of Artistic Planning of the Hallé), Julia Albrecht (Director at Konzertdirektion Schmid), as well as Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir (Managing Director, Island Symphony Orchestra and incoming Managing Director for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Canada).
The SHCC is exemplary for Siemens' innovative fusion of technology, art and social engagement. The orchestra and the company look back on a 20-year history of a partnership which has not only brought classical music to a wider audience but has also enabled a number of educational and Public Relation projects in Great Britain.
"Siemens has a long and positive relationship with Manchester and aligning ourselves to the city's premier cultural organization is a natural partnership for us. However, most significantly our on-going work with the Hallé musicians also creates the opportunity to genuinely enhance our work and our employee skills base and we understand acutely the tangible value of our association.", said Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK.
The final round of the SHCC takes place in the newly restored Hallé St. Peter's church from February 20th to 22nd 2020. Applications from all over the world can be submitted until July 1st 2019, 01:00 p.m. GMT. The list of Semi-Finalists will be published in September 2019. On the evening of February 22nd 2020 the winner will be announced.

Application and further information:
Further information on the Siemens Arts Program:


Konstanze Somborn

Siemens AG

Werner-von-Siemens-Straße 1
80333 Munich

+49 (89) 636-36641

Katia Ernst

Siemens AG

Charlottenstr. 57
10117 Berlin

+49 (173) 2921746