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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013 - Three finalists have been announced

30 JAN 2013

published in: Concert

Ingo Metzmacher (Photo: Harald Hoffmann)
This year, the international award for young conductors received applications from candidates from four continents. It took the jury several days to nominate the three finalists. “I am very happy to present again three extremely talented conductors to the public in May as part of the ‘Award Concert Weekend’,” the jury’s chairman, Ingo Metzmacher, declared. “Both the high number and outstanding quality of the applications confirm that the ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ has become an important and meaningful project supporting young artists,” Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the President of the Board of Directors of Nestlé, explained.

Artistic Director Alexander Pereira commented: “The goal of this initiative is to give young and highly talented artists a decisive impulse for their further careers. Therefore, we give the three candidates the chance to present themselves to the public together with international award-winning soloists, in order to increase the attractiveness of the award.”

“Nestlé is our most faithful sponsor. For 20 years, we have lived the motto ‘A Shared Passion for Quality’. In 1991, Nestlé gave us money for reduced-price tickets for young people; in 2010 we opened a new chapter of our education work at the Salzburg Festival with the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. Alexander Pereira’s idea of a concert weekend has made this Award even more attractive. Now, all of Salzburg can participate in this great project without paying much,” Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, expressed her enthusiasm.

Award Concert Weekend – May 10 to 12, 2013

The three finalists will have the chance to conduct a concert with one of the three partner orchestras as part of the “Award Concert Weekend”. The following young soloists will perform at these concerts: Sophie Pacini (piano), Vilde Frang (violin) und Sebastian Manz (clarinet). The program will be chosen by the nominated conductors and announced at a later time.

In order to give as many people as possible the chance to participate in the development of this great idea, tickets will be especially affordable:

For students: 8,00 Euros per concert
For all others: 15,00 Euros per concert
General Pass: 30,00 Euros for all three concerts
General pass for students: 16,00 Euros for all three concerts

Friday, May 10, 2013, 8pm, Felsenreitschule
Conductor: Ben Gernon
Camerata Salzburg
Soloist: Sophie Pacini, piano (was honored with the „Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk“ in 2011)

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8pm, Felsenreitschule
Conductor: Yu Lu
Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
Soloist: Vilde Frang, violin („Credit Suisse Young Artist Award“ in 2012, debut with Vienna Philharmonics at the Lucerne Festival)

Sunday, May 12, 2013, 11am, Felsenreitschule
Conductor: Antonio Méndez
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Soloist: Sebastian Manz, clarinet (won the first prize in the international music competition of the ARD in 2008 was honored with „ECHO Klassik“ in 2012)

After the three concerts, the jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher will determine the winner of the "Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013". He will conduct his first Salzburg Festival concert with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Felsenreitschule on August 17, 2013 at 11am. Please do not miss this.

Antonio Méndez (29)
Born in Spain, he holds a master degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. He demonstrated his repertoire and his musicality in various concerts all over Europe. Last year he worked with – among others – the Berliner Symphoniker, the Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg and the Chamber Orchestra Lausanne. In 2012 he was the winner of the second prize in the Malko Competition for Young Conductors, an international conducting competition.

Ben Gernon (23)
He studied tuba and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and worked with orchestras from London to Sweden. In 2012 he won the second prize in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition and is now principal conductor of the Southwalk Youth Orchestra.

Yu Lu (23)
He was 14 years old when he started his education at the China Central Conservatory of Music. One year later he debuted, conducting the China Teenager Symphony Orchestra. Numerous engagements brought him to concert halls in China, Japan, South Korea and Europe. Currently he works as assistant-conductor to Seiji Ozawa.