Another Venezuelan takes up the beat

Another Venezuelan takes up the beat


norman lebrecht

September 13, 2010

Results just in from a tight finish at the flexi-rules Solti Conducting Competition.

The winner is José Luis Gomez Rios, 32

Second is Kevin Griffiths, 27, a Londoner

Third, and most experienced, is Tito Munoz, 27, US-born and assistant conductor at the Cleveland Orchestra.

A product of the Venezulean Sistema, J-L Gomez Rios studied at the Manhattan School of Music and is now a Spanish citizen. Griffiths put in his apprenticeship with Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, Lothar Zagrosek and David Zinman. Munoz is a Franz-Welser-Möst protege.

No women made it to the finals. Nor did the disputed free-pass second-round candidate.

Here’s the Frankfurt-live report (in German):