Uzbek is Salzburg’s new Young Conductor

Uzbek is Salzburg’s new Young Conductor


norman lebrecht

August 07, 2016

The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2016, one of the best career springboards, was won today by Aziz Shokhakimov, 27, from Uzbekistan.

Aziz Shokhakimov

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


  • Corinna says:

    Thanks for the news!! Maybe in English this is different, but in German there are no losing finalists… they are just the other finalists. They didn’t loose, they just didn’t win the first prize…

  • d says:

    I think “losing” doesn’t mean “loser” but without prize.
    By the way, Aziz is an amazing conductor!

  • David Osborne says:

    I like that! Can we apply it to silver and bronze medallists as well?

  • Christian says:

    So how was he?
    Did he improve since Solti-Competition?