Aziz Shokhakimov has won the seventh Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award at the 2016 Salzburg Festival.
Mr Shokhakimov beat the other finalists, Ciarán McAuley and Alexander Prior, to win the award. 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 Aziz Shokhakimov as the winner.
He receives a CHF 16,250 (Euros 15,000) 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, “The ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ shows once again how meaningful it is to give young conductors the opportunity to present their talent as part of a festival as renowned as the Salzburg Festival. We are happy to support this initiative, unique throughout the world in its kind, and thereby boost the careers of these young talents, introducing them to a broad public through the Award“.