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The Jury


Plácido Domingo
Honorary President

I am delighted to serve as honorary president of this valuable undertaking. I spend a great deal of time helping and encouraging first-rate young musicians and singers, and the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” is aimed in precisely the right direction.


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Peter Alward
Former Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival

This competition aims to help create a considerable platform for highly talented young artists and the development of their careers.


Marc-André Dalbavie

Discovering young talents in a discipline as important as conducting an orchestra is exhilarating for me. Besides the technical skills, my decision will be based on the candidates’ capacities of imagination, creativity and curiosity.


Angela Denoke

Observing and assisting young conductors at the beginning of their careers is a privilege, and I‘m very pleased to be part of this process. The collaboration between conductor and performer is a special interest of mine.


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Gary Hanson
Former Executive Director of the Cleveland Orchestra

It is a rare and great pleasure to be able to discover and encourage great talents by experiencing young conductors side-by-side under the same conditions.



Markus Hinterhäuser
Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival

It is one of the utmost aims of the Salzburg Festival
to search for young conducting talents and make them part of the unique programming and tradition of the Salzburg Festival.




Dennis Russell Davies
Chairman of the jury

I am looking forward to meeting and encouraging gifted young conductors, and to give them a positive start to what we all hope will be a substantial career.

Brian McMaster
Former Director of the Edinburgh International Festival

As a member of the jury, I am looking forward to interacting thoroughly with young talented musicians.

Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli
Secretary General of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

In addition to the education of orchestral musicians, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has always been dedicated to the encouragement of young conductors. The ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ is a magnificent initiative which does justice to this claim.

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Matthias Schulz
Artistic and Managing Director of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and designated Artistic Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin

Being able to witness the beginnings of a great conducting career is marvellous; and it is a more than wonderful obligation to further support the prize winner along his way.


Florian Wiegand
Director of Concerts of the Salzburg Festival

Several young conductors have already received a decisive impulse for their careers through the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”. To observe the next generation of conductors and to support them is for me an important and inspiring duty.