The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2016, one of the best career springboards, was won today by Aziz Shokhakimov, 27, from Uzbekistan.
The losing finalists were Ciarán McAuley, 33, (Ireland) and Alexander Prior, 23, (UK).
Past winners are:
Lorenzo Viotti, Switzerland 2015
Maxime Pascal, France 2014
Ben Gernon, Great Britain, 2013
Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, Lithuania, 2012
Ainars Rubikis, Latvia, 2011
David Afkham, Germany, 2010