Mexico City, September 22nd to 27th, 2020
OFUNAM InternationalConducting Competition 2020
The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, through CulturaUNAM, in order to encourage the professionalization of young conductors who are developing an international career, promotes the second edition of the OFUNAM International Conducting Competition, 2020.

IMPORTANT

Advisory for Applicants

In observance of necessary safety measures regarding the COVID-19 oubreak, The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, through the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the General Direction of Music, has decided to extend the date limit for applications to the OFUNAM International Conducting Competition. This measure intends to allow applicants around the world to comply with all requirements for the call in a timely manner.

Applications now close on June 1st, 2020.

OFUNAM INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION 2020
With the participation of an internationally renowned jury chaired by Massimo Quarta, Artistical Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (OFUNAM), José Serebrier, one of the most renowned Latin American musicians of the world; Ligia Amadio, Artistical Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Uruguay, and Latin American conductor with a strong presence on the international stage; Giordano Bellincampi, Artistical Director of the Auckland Philharmonia at New Zealand, and Associate Professor of the Royal Danish Academy, and Sylvain Gasançon, winner of the Edition 2005 of the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, and who is growing a solid artistical career as a conductor.
Applications Close

June 1st, 2020

Results

May 26th, 2020

JURY
OFUNAM INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION 2020
Massimo Quarta
Solo violinist and conductor
Solo violinist and conductor recognized internationally. Currently he is the Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM (OFUNAM).
José Serebrier
Conductor and composer
One of most recorded classical artists in history. He has received forty-three GRAMMY nominations in recent years and has won the Latin GRAMMY in the "Best Classical Recording of the Year" category.
Ligia Amadio
Leader of the International Symposium Women Conductors
Lead of the International Symposium Women Conductors. Currently the conductor of the Montevideo Philharmonic, in Uruguay.
Giordano Bellincampi
Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia
Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia. Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy.
Sylvain Gasançon
Young conductor with a solid international career
Young conductor with a solid international career
Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM
The National Autonomous University of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra (or OFUNAM, as it is known in Mexico), has been shining without interruption for 80 years with a powerful sound of its own. With an eight decades history based on the solid ground of Mexico’s oldest and biggest university, it has close ties to the its community and is widely acknowledged as one of the best symphonic orchestras in the country by the professional musical field and the general public alike. The orchestra has worked successively under the lead of several conductors, both Mexican and foreign. From José Francisco Vázquez in 1936 when it was founded, until its present conductor, Massimo Quarta. Eduardo Mata, who was in charge of the ensemble from 1966 to 1975, worked relentlessly for the construction of a new seat for the orchestra. His efforts came to fruition in 1976, when the Sala Nezahualcóyotl opened its doors to the public. Among its many achievements, OFUNAM has several ways to connect with its audience and Mexican society in general. One of them is to be the resident orchestra of the OFUNAM International Conducting Competition.
Venue
Under the leadership of Eduardo Mata, its conductor from 1966 to 1975, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México became the first Mexican orchestra seated in a concert hall specifically designed for symphonic music. With the growing audiences that characterized maestro Mata’s tenure as the orchestra’s conductor, the need arose to build a new concert hall. It was expected to establish a more intimate relationship between the musicians and their public, but first and foremost, to achieve superior acoustics. The chosen design consisted of a building with a polygonal shape that blends harmoniously with the volcanic rocks of the surroundings. In order to achieve a perfect musical experience, an acoustic chamber was built under the stage, which complements the halls unique geometry for the sound to be heard with great clarity from any spot. OFUNAM’s new seating venue, which opened in 1976, was named after King Nezahualcóyotl, one of the most important rulers in ancient Mexico.
OFUNAM INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION 2018
About the winners of the OFUNAM International Conducting Competition 2018
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