VIII International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2021

We cordially invite you to take part in the 8th Jorma Panula Conducting Competition to be held in the Finnish city of Vaasa from the  16th to the 19th of November 2021. More information of registration for the competition will be announced officially during autumn 2019.

The International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition is one of the most prestigious conducting competitions in Europe and it is the only conducting competition in Finland. The event is organized by the Viljo and Maire Vuorio Foundation in collaboration with the City of Vaasa. The triennial competition’s Artistic Director and Chairman has been from the beginning Academician Jorma Panula.

More information
General Manager Merja Tyynelä,, tel. 040 524 8877

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VII International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition

The second prize was divided between Johannes Zahn (Germany) and Angus Webster (United Kingdom). The third prize was divided between Ross Jamie Collins (Finland) and Kaapo Ijas (Finland). Angus Webster was chosen as the competition orchestra's favorite.

I Prize: -
II Prize 8 000 €: Johannes Zahn (Germany) & Angus Webster (United Kingdom)
III Prize 4 500 €: Ross Jamie Collins (Finland) & Kaapo Ijas (Finland)
The competition orchestra's favourite: Angus Webster

The VII International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition was held between 13th and 16th November with 20 talented young conductors representing nine different countries. The four-day competition culminated on Friday 16th November at the Vaasa City Hall in Finland in the Finals concert which the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) broadcasted live on channel Yle Teema Fem and internationally in the web streaming service Areena. The competition's final and semi-final are viewable in Areena for one year.


The starting time for the final has changed to 8 P.M. due to YLE television broadcasting.
The contestants of the Competition announced!


The registration for the competition has ended on April 5th. The pre-screening is already under way and the competitors will be announced officially by the beginning of June.

One change to membership of the jury: Mikko Franck will replace Peter Gülke!

Competitors 2015: