Prizewinner thanks his teacher – on the jurymain
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.