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Winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award • Maxime Pascal

3 MAR 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:57 h;
published in: Concert

Ingo Metzmacher, Maxime Pascal, Alexander Pereira (Photo: Doris Wild)
“I am very impressed to receive such a prize in such an important place, and I love the Salzburg audience“, this year’s winner, Maxime Pascal, said.
The competition for the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” was held for the fifth time this year. There were 82 applicants. The prize carries a cash value of € 15,000 and is awarded annually to a young conductor up to the age of 35. In addition, the winner conducts the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Festival concert at the Felsenreitschuleon August 17, 2014 at 11:00 am.

The career development of the winners in previous years – Ben Gernon (2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2012), Ainārs Rubikis (2011) and David Afkham (2010) – demonstrates the international relevance of this award.

Nestlé’s President of the Board, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, said: “In its fifth year, the ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ proves once again how meaningful it is to offer young conductors the chance to present their abilities within the framework of such a renowned festival as the Salzburg Festival. We are delighted to support the careers of these young talents through this initiative, unique throughout the world, and to introduce them to a broader public through the Award.”

“Discovering and supporting young talents is among the most fascinating and most rewarding tasks of any cultural institution. The entire Award Concert Weekend was characterised by the extremely high musicality of the three candidates. We are very happy that Maxime Pascal will conduct the Prize Winner’s Concert with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra as part of the Salzburg Festival on August 17,” said Artistic Director Alexander Pereira.

“After five years, the ‚Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ is among the most important awards worldwide, enabling young conductors to launch an international career. It is great to see the winners so far make their way in the world. I am convinced that Maxime Pascal too will use the Festival as a springboard,” Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, added.

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