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DAVID AFKHAM RECEIVES THE NESTLÉ AND SALZBURG FESTIVAL YOUNG CONDUCTORS AWARD

David Afkham, who has held the position of assistant conductor at the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER since 2009, is the first recipient of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.

Following a thorough selection process among 81 candidates from all over the world (of whom 16 were women), a prominent jury which was under the auspices of Pierre Boulez and chaired by Franz Welser-Möst voted for David Afkham.

As the award winner, David Afkham is given the opportunity to conduct the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER at the Salzburg Festival, aside from € 15,000 in prize money.

David Afkham had already taken over the baton of the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER for two concerts in Lisbon in April 2010. In addition to the award concert in Salzburg on August 14, 2010, he will also conduct the opening concert of the Sagra Musicale Umbra on September 12, 2010 in Perugia.

He has been tied to the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER as assistant conductor since 2009. In this capacity, David Afkham has already collaborated with Jonathan Nott, Franz Welser-Möst, Antonio Pappano, and currently with Herbert Blomstedt. He thus stands in a distinguished line with his famous predecessors, namely Franz Welser-Möst, Marc Albrecht and Manfred Honeck, as well as Christoph-Mathias Müller, the principal conductor of the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, and Patrick Lange, who was recently appointed principal conductor of the Komische Oper Berlin. Read more...

“To work with these extraordinary musicians is the greatest reward for any conductor,” said David Afkham.

“I am very pleased that David Afkham receives this important award,” said Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, the orchestra’s Secretary General. “I especially am looking forward to our future projects. This orchestra is very fortunate to have David Afkham as its assistant conductor, and we are very proud of his close ties to the GUSTAV MAHLER JUGENDORCHESTER.”

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