No Brits in Salzburg baton race

No Brits in Salzburg baton race


norman lebrecht

March 16, 2015

The UK had contenders in the final three spots of the Nestlé-Salzburg Conductors Award in each of the past three years, with Ben Gernon winning outright in 2013 and Jamie Phillips coming second the year before. But 2015 is a Brit-free year in Salzburg.

The finalists, chosen by Dennis Russell Davies (pictured) and Plácido Domingo, are:

Jiri Rozen (23), Czech Republic

Giedrė Šlekytė (25), Lithuania

Lorenzo Viotti (25), Switzerland

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  • Simon S. says:

    Well, no French, no Germans, no Americans, no Italians either. What’s the point?

  • erich says:

    Domingo had absolutely no say in the choice. He is only an honorary President of the Jury.

  • Max Grimm says:

    Who cares. Interesting is that Ms. Giedrė Šlekytė is not only a finalist for the Nestlé-Salzburg Conductors Award but also one of the candidates of the 2015 Malko Competition taking place in April (you do remember that one…

  • Alexander says:

    Given that the UK represents less than 0.9 percent of the population of the world, I am not sure why this should be considered so remarkable.

  • Marie says:

    Marcello Viotti’s son…
    Nice, he would have been proud.