The Malko Competition is the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s international competition for conductors. It has been held every three years since 1965. At the heart of the competition is the goal to identify and bring out those great young musical talents who will one day grace the podia of leading orchestras all over the world.
The competition is named after the famous conductor Nicolai Malko, who in 1930 was named the first permanent conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and helped develop the orchestra into what soon became an internationally recognised body of musicians. Malko’s dedicated work with the orchestra emphasized that the presence of a thoroughly professional and fully engaged conductor is critical to the development and growth of every musical body. It is therefore in memory of his work that we continue the Malko Competition, determined to provide budding conductors with the best possible artistic and musical support as they follow their challening chosen paths.
As it has done from the very beginning, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra will dedicate all of its skills and energies to the competition. For the orchestra, the Malko Competition is about providing maximum artistic expression in partnership with the conductor in the same creative way as happens in all of its concerts throughout its orchestral season.
Fabio Luisi, principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, is the chairman of the 2018 edition of the Malko Competition and will be mentor to its winner.
The Nicolai Malko Competition 2018 is under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik
The Nicolai Malko Competition 2018 is generously supported by
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond