Closing in on Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition


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The closing date is approaching for the 4th Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, South Africa’s only competition for young conductors.

Cape Philharmonic OrchestraThe preliminary rounds will take place in Cape Town in June 2018, with the finals in February 2019. The closing date is January 15, 2018, after which a selection will be made and those successful notified in mid to late February.

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The 4th competition is open to South Africans not older than 33 on January 1, 2019. It offers performance opportunity to the finalists, with coaching and master classes with maestro Victor Yampolsky for all. The finalists perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and the overall winner receives an all-expenses paid one-month internship with the famed Philadelphia Orchestra in America and two months of study at Northwestern University in Chicago with Yampolsky. The judges in the final will be Yampolsky, Bernhard Gueller, Richard Cock, Brandon Phillips and CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Louis Heyneman. The overall winner will also be invited to conduct the CPO at a suitable time.

Winners of the three previous competitions are Brandon Phillips, now resident conductor of the CPO and conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Xavier Cloete, resident conductor and artistic director of both the OSM Camerata and the Mangaung Symphony Orchestra, and Chad Hendricks, resident conductor of the New Apostolic Church Cape Town Orchestra and the Cape Town Ghoema Orchestra.

Dates of the competition are June 15 – 17, 2018, and the final rounds and concert will be from February 8 -10, 2019, with the final concert forming part of the CPO’s 13th International Summer Music Festival.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the CPO website at

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