International Competition 2016 - First Announcement!

International Competition 2016
First Announcement!


is a competition for young choir conductors from  20 to 32 years of age, the first of which was held in 2003 followed by 2006 and 2009.
The repertoire is chosen from western choral music, with particular focus on
contemporary Swedish choral music.

The winner will be awarded 100,000 Swedish crowns and also invited to conduct the Swedish Radio Choir in a program to be decided.
The competition will be held in Stockholm between February 18 and 21, 2016. 

In the final concert, the contestants will conduct The Swedish Radio Choir at the Berwald Concert Hall in a program which will include the first performance of a new commissioned choral piece.
The jury, headed by Stefan Parkman, is composed of international and highly qualified choral music professionals. Stefan Parkman (Sweden) is the Professor of Choral Conducting at Uppsala University Choral Centre and the Principal Conductor of the WDR Rundfunkchor, Köln.
The final date for application is September 1st, 2015.

The number of participants is limited to three

The application form will be available from January 30, 2015 at
This competition is arranged by The Eric Ericson International Choral Centre, Berwald Concert Hall, Uppsala University Choral Centre and The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in collaboration with The Swedish Radio Choir and The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Eric Ericson Award 2016 is recommended by The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat  

Schedule for 2016

  • Wednesday February 17 
    Arrival and meetings
  • Thursday-Saturday
    February 18 – 20  
  • Sunday February 21
    Last competition day and Final Concert

Previous winners

of the Eric Ericson Award
  • Peter Dijkstra, The Netherlands, 2003
  • Martina Batič, Slovenia, 2006
  • Kjetil Almenning, Norway, 2009
Eric Ericson (b. 1918 d. 2013)

For the great majority of choir conductors and choir singers throughout the world, Eric Ericson was the unsurpassed master in the field of choir conducting.

His entire career was devoted to choral music; his work has not only given great acclaim to his own choirs, but has significantly contributed to a breakthrough in establishing the status and merit of choral music making.

Alongside with his work with his Chamber Choir (founded in 1945), he was the conductor and artistic director of the Swedish Radio Choir (1951–82) and Orphei Drängar (1951–91).
For many years Eric Ericson cut a legendary figure as professor in choir conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Over the years, his international commitments steadily became more extensive. Not only did he appear as guest conductor with the major choirs of the world, but in a series of some ten master classes worldwide every year, he was appreciated as a particularly valued and stimulating teacher.

Over the years, he developed and refined choral sound both with early music, contemporary music and commissioned works. In February 2013 Eric Ericson passed away at 94 years of age.

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