Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe was on hand to celebrate the occasion. “In its fifth 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,” Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe said.
Nestlé began its sponsorship of the Salzburg Festival in 1991. The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award was started in 2010.
Mr. Pascal, 28, has been the music director of the orchestra Le Balcon and the Impromptu Orchestra since 2008. He was awarded this year’s prize from a field of over 80 candidates aged between 22 and 35.
The legendary tenor Placido Domingo, who is taking over as the Honorary President of the Young Conductors Award from 2015 onwards, was also attending the festival.
“It is a great joy for us that Placido Domingo has agreed to take on this task. I am convinced that he will take the Young Conductors Award into a new, trendsetting epoch,” Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe said.
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