Prizewinner thanks his teacher – on the jury

Prizewinner thanks his teacher – on the jury


norman lebrecht

October 13, 2015

The 6th International Lovro von Matacic conducting competition in Zagreb ended last night with a Romanian,  Gabriel Bebeselea, as winner and second prize split between a Japanese, So Awatsuji, and an American Dean Whiteside, a protege of the late Lorin Maazel.

So Awatsuji caused a bit of a stir by announcing in the televised interview that he was a student of the British jury member, Colin Metters, and thanking him.

An unexpected candour, in the circumstances.



The jury consisted of: Nikša Bareza (chair), Vladimir Kranjčević, Sreten Krstić, Colin Metters, Frano Parać, Thomas Sanderling and Dian Tchobanov.


  • Stereo says:

    Can’t understand what he would learn from C M,haven’t come across him for years.

  • Sardis says:

    Certainly an inept display by the award winner. This type of behaviour, though, is par for the course in Japan (we see it all the time)

  • Luciano says:

    No doubt So Awatsuji has studied at a masterclass at some point with Colin Metters, as have hundreds of others. But he is not a ‘student’ of Metters as is implied here. Metters doesn’t even have a regular class anymore.