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Thursday, 24 January is a landmark in the world of classical music.

270 prominent guests attend the gala evening to officially launch the first worldwide competition reserved to women orchestra conductors.


The prestigious salons of the InterContinental Paris-Le Grand host the many personalities attending the event, along with the guest of honour, her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover, President of AMADE. 

This major event sounds the keynote for MAWOMA!

During the day, while organizing teams were orchestrating final details of this exceptional evening, a press conference brought together leading journalists of the international press to convey the ground-breaking spirit of this new Competition.

On this evening, the tone is being set by the programme and the guests: MAWOMA has the mission of harnessing widespread energies to give worldwide prominence to female talent in orchestra conducting. The time has come to banish symbolic boundaries barring women from this profession “with its immeasurable magic”, in the words of pianist Clémence Guerrand, whose musical passion and human commitment first inspired this itinerant Competition embracing six continents.

With her usual mastery, Nicoletta opens the gala evening, heralding its standout events.

It’s an evening, naturally enough, that put a premium on music, including an exceptional concert by pianist Etsuko Hirose, soprano Julie Cherrier-Hoffmann with piano accompaniment by Frédéric Chaslin and, by special invitation from Rio, pianist Nelson Freire. This was musical virtuosity at its finest.

After that unique celebration of music, it’s time to hear some important messages, in the form of brief commentary by Clémence Guerrand, Founding President of MAWOMA, and Cyrille Vigneron, President of Maison Cartier, a partner in this Competition. An important highlight was the introduction of AMADE, the association committed to the protection and development of girls and women throughout the world.

Another virtuoso (in his own genre), award-winning chef Laurent André delighted the guests with an allegro performance in the form of a lavish meal.

The next stage will be the concert in Vienna to select the winner for the European continent, who will be joined during the year by five other finalists from across the world…