Herbert von Karajan
Young Conductors Award

Herbert von Karajan
Young Conductors Award

There are two qualities, according to Herbert von Karajan, that a conductor can’t learn but must possess from the outset: ‘how intensely he feels the music he performs’ and ‘how strongly he communicates his vision’.

On the occasion of its centenary, the Salzburg Festival pays tribute to one of its defining figures and a committed supporter of young conducting talent with the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award. The award concert weekend offers the opportunity, now for the tenth time, to experience a distinguished jury deliberating over three finalists and deciding a winner who exemplifies the model set by Karajan. With Manfred Honeck as chairman and Mariss Jansons as honorary president, two of today’s most acclaimed conductors will preside over the jury.
This accolade, previously known as the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, helped previous winners to launch international careers that frequently bring them back to Salzburg. In this way, these young conductors write new chapters in the history of the Festival, which at its most fundamental is a history of the artists who perform in Salzburg.

Registration ends on January, 31 2020, 23:59

An initiative of the Salzburg Festival in cooperation with the Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute.

Schedule

The Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award is open to conductors from all over the world who are over 21 and under 35 years of age.

Registration
Registration for the competition is only possible via the online form and registration ends on 31 January 2020, 23:59. The jury will then view the material submitted and select up to eight candidates. Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2020.

Rehearsal Day
The non-public Rehearsal Day will take place on 4 May 2020 in Salzburg. On this day, the eight candidates will each work with renowned ensembles on two compositions in the presence of the jury. In addition to one compulsory piece, further works will be available for selection by the candidates. The repertoire will be announced at a later date.
At the end of Rehearsal Day, the jury will announce which three finalists will be invited to the Award Concert Weekend.

YCA Award Concert Weekend
The three finalists will each conduct an approximately one-hour concert in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum Foundation during the Salzburg Festival 2020 on 6, 7 and 8 August. The concert programmes will be determined by the Salzburg Festival together with the candidates, with a special focus on contemporary compositions.
Following the last concert, the jury will select the winner of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award, endowed with € 15,000 prize money, at a public awards ceremony.

YCA Award Winner’s Concert
In addition to the prize money, the winner of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award will have the opportunity to conduct a concert with an international orchestra and a young, up-and-coming soloist at the Salzburg Festival 2021. The prize-winner will be responsible for selecting the programme in consultation with the Salzburg Festival.
The winner’s concert will be recorded and released as a CD in the “Salzburger Festspieldokumente” series.

Registration

Jury

The Salzburg Festival mourns the loss of Mariss Jansons. We can only look back with the utmost gratitude to all the stellar moments he gave the Festival over the course of almost thirty years, a truly unheard-of gift. Read the obituary

Manfred Honeck will chair the jury for the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award in 2020.
Honorary President is Mariss Jansons.
Further jury members will be announced at a later date.

Manfred Honeck Conductor
Manfred Honeck
Chairman of the Jury
Mariss Jansons Conductor
Mariss Jansons
Honorary President

Laureates

Gábor Káli
Laureate 2018, Hungary
Guest conductor of various orchestras
Kerem Hasan
Laureate 2017, Great Britain
Chief Conductor of the Tyrolian Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck
Aziz Shokhakimov
Laureate 2016, Uzbekistan
Kapellmeister of Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Lorenzo Viotti
Laureate 2015, Switzerland
Principal Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon
Maxime Pascal
Laureate 2014, France
Music Director of the orchestra Le Balcon
Ben Gernon
Laureate 2013, Great Britain
Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Laureate 2012, Lithuania
Music Director City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Ainars Rubikis
Laureate 2011, Latvia
Music Director of Komische Oper Berlin
David Afkham
Laureate 2010, Germany
Chief Conductor of the Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España

Contact

For further information or if you have any questions please contact yca@salzburgfestival.at

Conditions of Participation

Terms of Competition and Privacy Policy

Participation in the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award is subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Participants must be over 21 years of age and under the age of 35 as of 31.01.2020. Proof of date of birth must be provided by uploading a copy of the identity card in the registration form.
2. Applications for the competition can only be made using the online form, which must be completed completely and accurately by 31.01.2020. The application must be accompanied by informative video material in which the applicant can be seen conducting an orchestra, preferably with various works or excerpts from works.
3. The information / personal data and files transmitted in the registration form will be processed by the Salzburg Festival (hereinafter referred to as the “Festival”) for the administration of the competition and will be stored for documentation and archiving purposes beyond the duration of the competition. If you have any questions regarding data protection, please contact the Festival’s data protection officer at datenschutz@salzburgfestival.at.
4. The applicant agrees to be personally available for any queries under the contact details given in the form. The Festival does not accept communication via third parties such as agencies.
5. The Festival and the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award jury reserve the right to check the accuracy of the applicant’s details. The applicant authorises the Festival to obtain information about his/her activities from previous employers and clients and undertakes to send requested documents quickly on request. Should the applicant fail to comply with such a request from the Festival or the jury within a reasonable period of time, this may result in the applicant being excluded from the competition.
6. The application videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and must remain uploaded there until at least 30.08.2020. The applicant is at liberty to decide whether they shall be shared publicly or privately. The Festival shall be entitled to download and save the videos from the platform.
7. The competition shall comprise the following rounds: Up to eight candidates will be selected from the applications submitted and invited to Rehearsal Day on 04.05.2020. At the end of Rehearsal Day, three finalists will be selected to participate in the Award Concert Weekend on 06, 07 and 08 August 2020. The winner of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award 2020 will be announced after the last concert of the Award Concert Weekend.
8. The prize for the winner will include conducting a concert at the Salzburg Festival 2021.
9. The selection of the applicants to be invited to the next rounds of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award is at the sole discretion of the jury, and it shall not be required to justify its decision. It is also entitled to reject applications without giving reasons. The jury’s decisions shall be final. In addition, the jury reserves the right to cut short works in the individual competition rounds or to listen only to excerpts.
10. Travel to and from Rehearsal Day, Award Concert Weekend and Prize Winners Concert as well as accommodation for the selected candidates will be organised and paid for by the Festival.
11. By submitting an application, the candidate confirms that he or she will be available on the dates of the individual competition rounds and, if selected by the jury, undertake to be present on all dates. Failure to be present shall lead to exclusion from the competition.
12. All rounds of the competition will be held in Salzburg.
13. The Festival does not guarantee that the entire jury will be present at each round of the competition.
14. For Rehearsal Day, the Festival will specify one compulsory piece and several electives. The candidates shall be bound by these specifications. The programme for the concert at the Award Concert Weekend shall be drawn up in consultation with the Festival. The Festival reserves the right to reject any proposed works or programmes without giving reasons.
15. The Festival will provide the required sheet music upon request.
16. Rehearsal Day is not open to the public, while the Award Concert Weekend is open to the public and will form part of the programme of the Salzburg Festival 2020. The Festival alone shall decide on the admission of an audience.
17. The Festival has the sole right to make photographic, audio and video recordings during the competition and at the prize-winner’s concert, or to grant permission to do so. The participants grant the Festival the exclusive and complete right to use and exploit these recordings without separate remuneration.
18. In addition, the applicants agree in particular to an audio or audiovisual recording of the competition and the prize-winner’s concert and transfer the rights for the entire or partial use to the Festival by sending the application or at the latest when the recording is created.
The transfer of the rights includes the copyrights and neighbouring rights for all types of use and forms of transmission.
The rights are transferred for the worldwide exploitation of the production in all media, without limits in terms of material, time or content.
The applicant guarantees the existence of the rights transferred in connection with an exploitation in all audio/audiovisual media and confirms that such is not in conflict with any third-party claims or rights, in particular no work or label exclusive rights.
The Festival shall be entitled to transfer the rights to third parties, in particular public and private broadcasters, television stations, production companies such as the Salzburg Festival media partner Unitel, and cooperation partners such as the Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute.
19. The official languages of the competition are German and English, and the participants must be able to speak at least one of these two languages at a basic level.
20. By submitting their applications, applicants confirm their knowledge and understanding of these competition conditions.
21. All decisions of the Festival and the jury shall be final.

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