Nestlé and Salzburg Festival
Young Conductors Award


The ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ is an initiative of Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival. In the festival season 2015, this award – endowed with € 15,000 – will be granted to a young conductor for the sixth time.
The jury has selected three final candidates among all the applicants; these will receive the opportunity to conduct concerts with the Salzburg Camerata on August 8, 9 and 10, 2015 as part of the Salzburg Festival.
The winner will then be selected by the jury and announced to the audience. In its deliberations, the jury will pay special attention to the interpretation of contemporary works – next to the Classical and Romantic repertoire.

Award Concert Weekend  

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 03:00 pm, Main Auditorium of the University
Giedrė Šlekytė • Camerata Salzburg

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 03:00 pm, Main Auditorium of the University
Lorenzo Viotti • Camerata Salzburg

Monday, August 10, 2015, 03:00 pm, Main Auditorium of the University
Jiri Rozen • Camerata Salzburg

After the third concert, the jury will identify and announce the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award winner to the public.

Award Winner’s Concert  

August 2016, Felsenreitschule
The winner of the award conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. 



Young Conductors Award 2016

Click below for the latest information on the 2016 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award:


“Friends, this way, come this way, this is the place!”

Thus, Fiorello invites the musicians to accompany Count Almaviva during his serenade at the very beginning of the opera The Barber of Seville. And thus, we invite our young friends to discover the Salzburg Festival as THE place where everyone can join in!
On the one hand, we wish to awaken our young audience to the world of theatre, of opera and classical music – a world full of adventure, imagination and sound, where magical moments wait to be experienced. Specially developed performance formats, workshops, opera camps, youth tickets at reduced prices, student projects and age-appropriate introductory events for children and young people are all designed to spark and nurture an enjoyment and understanding of music and theatre.
On the other hand, we also wish to actively support young artists. The Salzburg Festival is an accelerator and launch-pad for artistic careers, but also offers the space and time for very different artist characters to unfold gradually. This important responsibility is addressed by our Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir, the Young Singers Project and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, all of which present numerous public concerts and master classes.
Our favourite goal is to create those happy moments in which both groups – young artists and young audience members – meet and give each other the gift of unique experiences: for example when members of the Young Singers Project win the hearts of their young audiences by performing this year’s children’s opera The Barber of Seville, and when those young audience members motivate the performers to give their very best.
There is much to discover at the Salzburg Festival, and we are delighted to present the following children’s and youth programme for the 2015 season to you. May it spark joy and enthusiasm for opera, concerts and drama!