Nestlé marks 20 year partnership with Salzburg Festival by awarding young talent

Aug 11, 2011
Young Conductor's Award winner Ainars Rubiķis (left) with Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (right) AWARD WINNER: Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (right) presents 33-year-old Latvian conductor Ainars Rubiķis (left) with his prize cheque of EUR 15,000.

Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival mark two decades of partnership with the presentation of their second annual 'Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award' today.

The Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award - which aims to develop the careers of highly gifted young conductors - was created last year by the Company in collaboration with the prestigious Austrian music and drama event.

Presented this year to 33-year-old Ainars Rubiķis from Latvia, the Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award extends the Company's support of the Salzburg Festival and its focus on encouraging young conducting talent to become part of the event’s unique programme and tradition.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé Chairman, explained the decision to create the Award.

He said: “An award such as this for a young conductor like Ainars Rubiķis can make an important contribution to his career. In this way, we can help to foster young talent and to honour excellence.”

Recognising exceptional talent

Salzburg, Austria BIRTHPLACE OF MOZART: The city of Salzburg in Austria has a historical classical music tradition.

Ainars Rubiķis was chosen from around 50 other candidates by a nine-member jury to receive the Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award 2011.

A graduate of the Latvian Academy of Music, he has conducted the Latvian National Opera, the Latvian Radio Choir active, and has performed as part of Austria’s Lockenhauser Chamber Music Festival.

Last year, he made his debut with a number of renowned orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; the Budapest and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra; the Gulbenkian Orchestra; the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra; and the Orchestre du Pays de la Loire.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and Helga Rabl-Stadler CUTTING THE CAKE: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé Chairman (left) and Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival (right) celebrate 20 years of partnership between their organisations.

Open to exceptionally talented young conductors aged between 22 and 35 years, the Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award includes a prize of EUR 15,000 and the opportunity to conduct a concert with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Salzburg’s Felsenreitschule.

In addition to performing a classical-romantic repertoire, candidates must also prove their ability to perform contemporary works of music.

Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival

Established in 1920, the Salzburg Festival is held every summer in Salzburg, Austria - the birthplace of classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mr Brabeck-Letmathe went on to outline the nature of Nestlé’s long-term partnership with the festival and said: “The decisive criterion for our engagement with the Salzburg Festival has always been its innovative spirit.

“It is an event which combines tradition and innovation, two things which for us, as a global company with a 145 year history, have always been determining factors in our success.”

Violin players PRESTIGIOUS EVENT: The Salzburg Festival presents highly talented musicians and performers from around the world.

A sponsor of the Salzburg Festival since 1991, Nestlé has for many years supported youth subscriptions to the event, which offer discounts of up to 90% on operas, plays and concerts for people under the age of 27.

Last year, for the first time in the festival’s history, Nestlé also hosted a discussion forum on the subject of ‘Creativity and Leadership’, examining questions such as ‘How important is leadership?’ and ‘Is creativity a crucial leadership quality for success?’.

Participants included Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organisation; Petra Roth, Mayor of Frankfurt am Main; Walter Kielholz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re, and the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Press Releases
Salzburg Festival Press Release - English (pdf, 246 Kb)
Salzburg Festival Press Release - German (pdf, 168 Kb)

Related information
Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor's Award
Salzburg Festival website

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