Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition

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The Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition is a music competition for young conductors in Bamberg, Germany.[1]


The competition was founded by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, with the idea of helping young conductors during the start of their conducting careers. The first prize includes a cash prize and engagements with several orchestras.[2]


  • 2004, Gustavo Dudamel
  • 2007, No first prize awarded, 2nd prize Shi-Yeon Sung
  • 2010, Ainars Rubikis
  • 2013, Lahav Shani