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Save the Date - Award Concert Weekend - May 10-12, 2013

22 APR 2013

published in: Concert, General

3 young conductors present 3 concerts with 3 soloists at the Felsenreitschule

Once again, the three finalists of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” will have the opportunity to conduct one concert at the Felsenreitschule featuring one of the three partner orchestras and a young soloist.

The 29-year-old Spaniard Antonio Méndez, 23-year-old Ben Gernon from Great Britain and 23-year-old Yu Lu from China were selected from 82 applicants by the jury of this year’s “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, chaired by Ingo Metzmacher.

On May 10, 11 and 12, the three conductors present themselves to the public during the Award Concert Weekend, leading the Camerata Salzburg, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Munich Radio Orchestra in programmes of their choosing.

The initiative’s goal is to give highly talented young artists a decisive impulse for their further career. The award derives additional attractiveness from the public presentations of this weekend, featuring three young soloists who are winners of internationally renowned competitions.

Please save the date of the award ceremony after the last concert on Sunday, May 12, at the Karl-Böhm-Saal!


Specially priced tickets:

In order to give as many music-loving young people as possible the opportunity to be present as this great idea develops, tickets are available at especially attractive prices:

Reduced-price tickets for high school and university students: € 8 per concert
Reduced-price weekend pass for high school and university students: € 16 for all three concerts
All other listeners: € 15 per concert, weekend pass for all three concerts € 30

Ticket orders may be placed with the Salzburg Festival Ticket Office at +43-662-8045-500 or via info@salzburgfestival.at



Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:00 pm, Felsenreitschule

Conductor: Ben Gernon
Camerata Salzburg
Soloist: Sophie Pacini, Piano
Works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven

“To be a finalist in the Nestle and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is a huge privilege and honour. I am so excited to have the opportunity to perform in Salzburg with Camerata Salzburg, playing music I am really passionate about. It was a really nice surprise to learn I had a place in the final round and I can't wait to meet and start rehearsing with the orchestra! I feel very lucky indeed!”

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8:00 pm, Felsenreitschule

Conductor: Yu Lu
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Soloist: Vilde Frang, Violin
Works by Jonathan Harvey, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert

“Being on the final list of the Festival means a precious opportunity in my career and I very much appreciate the committee for their trust. I will be trying my best for it. I also would like to say the opportunity is meaningful in my life, as the date (11th May) when I will conduct the concert is my 24th birthday. To me, I can tell you this is the best birthday present I have ever had.”

Sunday, May 12, 2013, 11:00 am, Felsenreitschule

Conductor: Antonio Méndez
Munich Radio Orchestra
Soloist: Sebastian Manz, Clarinet
Works by James MacMillan, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn

“I am extremely happy to have been chosen by this Jury as a finalist, amongst all 82 applicants, which allows me to be closer to the final objective of winning! In addition to conducting the wonderful Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at the Salzburg Summer Festival, winning the ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Conductors Award’ would mean an important step in my career, with the huge honour and responsibility that comes with winning.”