Lorenzo Viotti, 25, has been named winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.
It’s worth 15,000 Euros and a concert at the next Salzburg Festival.
Past winners – Maxime Pascal (2014), Ben Gernon (2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2012), Ainārs Rubikis (2011) and David Afkham (2010) – are doing pretty well.
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Born on March 15, 1990 in Lausanne, Lorenzo Viotti studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon. In 2009 he moved to Vienna to gain experience as a percussionist with numerous Viennese orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. He continued his conducting studies with Nicolás Pasquet at the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Weimar, which led to his debut with the Jena Philharmonic in 2013. During the summer of 2013 he made his opera debut with Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre. That same year, he won both the 11th International Conducting Competition in Cadaqués, Spain, where he emerged first among 70 candidates, and the MDR Conducting Competition.