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August 6, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award was won today by Kerem Hasan from Great Britain.

He has the necessary self-confidence, he knows what he wants and he has the talent required – in other words, the best prerequisites for an international career,’ said Jury Chairman Dennis Russell Davies.

Keren wins € 15,000 and a Salzburg Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule in August 2018.

Past winners are  Aziz Shokhakimov (2016), Lorenzo Viotti (2015), Maxime Pascal (2014), Ben Gernon (2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2012), Ainārs Rubikis (2011) and David Afkham (2010).

This is a big one.


Comments (9)

  1. Ross says:

    “He has the necessary self-confidence, he knows what he wants and he has the talent required – in other words, the best prerequisites for an international career,” said Jury Chairman Dennis Russell Davies.

    And he has the new hairstyle which is in fashion for conductors.

    1. John says:

      Must have been the hair style.

      What’s the ‘in’ hairstyle for female conductors?

      1. Cyril Blair says:

        It doesn’t matter, as long as they find their “inner man.”

  2. Joe says:

    What do conducting juries look for? I was conducted by Kerem about 18 months ago and he was incredibly uninspiring. I think they can often be guided by PR teams from the big agencies, because this description is not the description my colleagues and I would give to this ‘maestro’.

    1. ViolaM says:

      Having also played for him recently I’d second this, but I’d also add that he’s competent. But then DRD has never inspired me either, so maybe it’s a matter of taste.

    2. Halldor says:

      Yeah, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, Brian McMaster, Dennis Russell Davies…what do they know?

      1. Palestrina says:

        Who?

  3. He has the right profile and background. Congrat!

  4. Whatevs says:

    Though, I wasn’t too impressed by what little I saw on YouTube (who knows, maybe he is great?), I do feel that conductors are more or less manufactured these days for mass consumption.


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