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 2016, this award – endowed with € 15,000 – will be granted to a young conductor for the seventh time.
The jury will select three final candidates among all the applicants; these will receive the opportunity to conduct concerts with the Salzburg Camerata as well with a member of the Young Singers Project on August 5, 6 and 7, 2016 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  

Friday, August 5, 2016, 03:00 pm, Stiftung Mozarteum / Großer Saal
Camerata Salzburg

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 03:00 pm, Stiftung Mozarteum / Großer Saal
Camerata Salzburg

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 03:00 pm, Main Auditorium of the University
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  

with the winner of the Young Conductors Award 2016
August 2017

Award Winner’s Concert  

with the winner of the Young Conductors Award 2015
Sunday, August 7, 2016 – 11:00 am
Conductor • Lorenzo Viotti
Piano • Khatia Buniatishvili



Young Conductors Award 2016

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


Come, come, come, let us leave the Town
And in some lonely place,
Where Crouds and Noise were never known,
Resolve to spend our days.
In pleasant Shades upon the Grass
At Night our selves we’ll lay;
Our Days in harmless Sport shall pass,
Thus Time shall slide away.

The Fairy Queen, Act I, Duet


This invitation to enter Titania’s fairy kingdom marks the beginning of this year’s children’s opera, The Fairy Queen. Thus, we invite our young friends to discover the Salzburg Festival as a magical place where music and theatre can be experienced intensely – and far away from daily life.
Apart from reduced tickets to regular performances for young visitors, it is mainly the special performance formats developed particularly for a young audience which help us awaken and strengthen the enjoyment and understanding of music and theatre: new children’s operas produced especially for Salzburg, the introductory workshops offering ‘Fun and Games with Purcell’, the opera camps we are offering this year for the tenth time in cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic, various fringe programmes for specific age groups and projects for young adults as well.
We also actively support young artists: through our Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor, the Young Singers Project and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award – all of which present numerous public concerts and master classes.
Our greatest goal is to enable both groups – rising young artists and young Festival visitors – to meet each other, with unique experiences ensuing: when, for example, the members of the Young Singers Project find an enthusiastic young audience for their performances of the children’s opera, and the young audience, in turn, elicits outstanding artistic achievements from the singers.
There is much to discover at the Salzburg Festival, and we are delighted to present the following Children’s and Youth Programme for the 2016 season. May it bring our young friends joy and enthusiasm for opera, concerts and plays!