Institute for Women Conductors

Mihaela Cesa-Goje


Mihaela Cesa-Goje has gained widespread attention in 2009 as the winner of the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship founded by Marin Alsop. Mihaela is also the winner of the Conducting Grant from the League of American Orchestras in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Also in 2011, Mihaela was selected out of 160 candidates for a masterclass with Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In 2003 Mihaela received the “Sandor Vegh Prize” from the Romanian Mozart Society for an outstanding performance of Mozart’s “Der Schauspiele Direktor” at the Cluj National Opera, Romania. In 2005, she completed her Conducting Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize. In 2013, Mihaela graduated in conducting from Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania with Florentin Mihaescu. She also studied with Harold Farberman, Gustav Meier, Patrick Russill and Roland Börger. From 2014, Mihaela has been regularly invited to Cluj National Opera. In her first season here she conducted 8 different titles.

2016 Participants


Elizabeth Askren


Mihaela Cesa-Goje


Alexandra Cravero


Tianyi Lu


Chaowen Ting


Zoe Zeniodi



Ching-Chun Lai


Michelle Rofrano


Carolyn Watson


Parisa Zaeri


2016 IWC Concert Performance Selections

Who will walk with me? , Dead Man Walking   - Heggie  

Prelude , Carmen   - Bizet  

Mira o Norma , Norma   - Bellini