Jorma Panula Conducting Competition
The first competition, named after the conductor and conducting professor Jorma Panula, was organized in 1999 with the idea of being a platform for young conductors starting their professional careers. The president of the Jury is Jorma Panula and the jury includes several musicians such as Olari Elts, Karsten Witt and Atso Almila. During the competition the contestants conduct the Sinfonia Finlandia and the Vaasa City Orchestra.
- 2006 First Prize: Vytautas Lukocius. Second Prize: Sylvain Gasançon.
- 2003 First Prize: Eeva Ollikainen. Second Prize: Lilyan Kaiv.
- 1999 First Prize: Olari Elts. Second Prize: Tibor Bogányi.