In a summer when all else is on hold due to Covid, Bamberg is going ahead with its international Gustav Mahler conducting competition at the end of this month. The contest has been held every three years since 2004. Gustavo Dudamel was the first winner.
The most recent was Kah-chun Wong.
Distancing measures have been put in place, but contestants will be arriving from all over the world. Does that make any sense at all?
The jury consists of: Marina Mahler, Jakub Hrůša, Bertrand de Billy, Juanjo Mena, Barbara Hannigan, Helmut Lachenmann, Deborah Borda (replaced by Pamela Rosenberg), Martin Campbell-White, John Carewe, Ara Guzelimian, Marcus Rudolf Axt, Martin Timphus. Whether all will turn up remains to be seen.