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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2014 - The Three Finalists have been Chosen

8 JAN 2014

published in: Concert

Victor Aviat, Leo McFall, Maxime Pascal (Photo: SF/Austria-Pressefoto)
The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, which has become one of the most coveted prizes for young conductors, goes into its fifth round. In its fifth year, candidates from four continents showed interest in this international award for young conductors. Altogether, 82 persons applied. The jury chose seven candidates from the applications; these were then invited to conduct works by Schoenberg, Varèse, Dalbavie and Ligeti live at the Haus für Mozart. Thus, the selection process focused more strongly on contemporary music and made the choice of finalists more transparent. Following the rehearsal day with the “oesterreichisches ensemble für neue musik” (oenm, or austrian ensemble for new music), which was closed to the public, the jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher selected the following three finalists: Victor Aviat (31) from France, Leo McFall (32) from Great Britain and Maxime Pascal (28) from France.

The audience looks forward to the Award Concert Weekend (February 28, March 1 and 2, 2014), when the recipient of the award – a cash value of € 15,000 – is chosen, who also conducts a Festival concert on August 17, 2014.   

Award Concert Weekend – February 28, March 1 and 2, 2014
For the third time, the three finalists will be invited to conduct one concert each at the Felsenreitschule with one of the partner orchestras as part of the “Award Concert Weekend”.

Concert Dates:
Friday, February 28, 2014, 7:30 pm, Felsenreitschule
Conductor: Maxime Pascal
Camerata Salzburg
Soloist: Ramón Ortega Quero, Oboe

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7:30 pm, Felsenreitschule
Conductor: Leo McFall
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Soloist: Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3:00 pm, Felsenreitschule
Conductor: Victor Aviat
Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Veronika Eberle, Violin

The programmes will be chosen by the nominated conductors and publicized at a later date.

After the three concerts, the jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher will determine the prize winner of the “2014 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”. The winner will conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra on August 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Felsenreitschule.

Modestly priced tickets for the award concert weekend are available from the Ticket Office of the Salzburg Festival, which can be contacted via info@salzburgfestival.at or by calling +43-662-8045-500.

 € 15 per concert

General Pass: € 30 for all three concerts

Reduced admission for high school and university students: € 8 per concert

Reduced admission General Pass for high school and university students: € 16 for all three concerts