612 desperate conductors go Danish

612 desperate conductors go Danish


norman lebrecht

December 01, 2020

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has received 612 applications from young conductors for the 2021 Malko Competition. Among them, 69 are from the US.

At least with Fabio Luisi chairing the jury the contest will be clean.



  • pianofortissimo says:

    The greatest challenge in the competition is understanding what the Danes are talking.

  • pianoguy says:

    cleanliness ahead of musicianship can make for dull, unmemorable, non-entity podium peacocks

  • Tony says:

    Desperate? since when participating in competition is an act of desperance MR. Lebrecht?

  • ANowEvenMoreBrokeConductor says:

    Over €30000 in application fees alone…

  • Tristan says:

    Hilarious headline as always, Mr. Lebrecht. As one of these “desperate” conductors, it might be nice to see a little more support and appreciation from cynical boomers such as yourself and many readers of this cesspool of a website. If you want this special art form survive, you should be happy to see 600+ musicians still hoping to make a positive impact for the future, no matter how bleak it may look.

    • desperate string player says:

      no need to surf the site if its a cesspool, I appreciate Mr Lebrecht’s dry with and sharing interesting current affairs in the music world

  • fflambeau says:

    This would seem to show strength in classical music which is own seen on its deathbed.