Breaking: Young Brit, 23, wins major conducting competition

After a week of high performance, and hotly tipped after the semi-final, Ben Glassberg has just been named winner of the Besancon Conducting Competition.

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The jury was chaired by Leonard Slatkin.

The previous winner, Jonathon Heyward, is now assistant conductor at the Halle Orchestra in Manchester and a Dudamel Fellow in Los Angeles.

UPDATE: Ben also won the audience prize and the orchestra award, a clean sweep.

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  • Seriously, who decides the winners of these competitions? I’ve played for him and very few of the orchestra rated him. Very strange.

  • Why “quietly tipped” and “hotly tipped”? Is this a way of saying Leonard Slatkin told you after the semifinal that this gentleman was going to win? I don’t understand how this could be appropriate.

  • I was at Glyndebourne on 19th August for “La clemenza di Tito”. The reviews of the production that I had read were not enthusiastic and then to discover that Robin Tcciati was ill and the performance would be conducted by Ben Glassberg did not help my mood – though it was a lovely Glyndebourne day. In the event the performance was a triumph. If Ben produced performances of this quality in the competition, he surely deserved to win.

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