Aug 10, 2015

Lorenzo Viotti wins Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award

Lorenzo Viotti wins Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor of the Year Award    

Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti has won the sixth Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award at the 2015 Salzburg Festival.

The 25 year-old beat the other finalists, Jiri Rozen and Giedrė Šlekytė, to win the award, after the young conductors were selected from a shortlist of eight candidates, drawn from 65 applicants overall.

Each of the three finalists conducted the Salzburg Camerata during the Award Concert Weekend, and a jury led by Chairman Dennis Russell Davies and Honorary President Plácido Domingo selected Viotti as the winner.

He receives a EUR 15,000 (CHF 16,160) prize and will conduct the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in a Salzburg Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule concert hall next August.

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said: "In its sixth year, the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award proves once again how meaningful it is to offer young conductors the chance to present their abilities within the framework of such a renowned festival as the Salzburg Festival.

“We are delighted to support the careers of these young talents through this initiative, unique throughout the world, and to introduce them to a broader public through the Award."