Paul Bulcke, Gábor Káli, Markus Hinterhäuser and Dennis Russell Davies
Photograph: © SF/wildbild (SF, 5 August 2018) The Hungarian Gábor Káli, 35 years old, convinced the international jury chaired by Dennis Russell Davies during the 2018 Award Concert Weekend at the Mozarteum Foundation, where he led the Camerata Salzburg with Olga Rudyk as the soloist.

“After three exciting concerts with the Camerata Salzburg and an intense discussion among the jury, we have chosen Gábor Káli as the prize winner. We are confident he will enjoy an important career,” says the chairman of the jury, Dennis Russell Davies, announcing the winner.

“I am overjoyed to have received this prize. It was a wonderful feeling for me to experience this fantastic Festival with a concert of my own. I would also like to thank the Camerata Salzburg, the jury and the wonderful audience,” says this year’s winner, Gábor Káli.

The „Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award” was presented for the ninth time. This year, there were 90 applicants. The prize carries a cash value of 15,000 Euros and is awarded annually to a young conductor aged 35 or below. In addition, the winner will conduct a Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule in 2019.

The further careers of recent years’ prize winners – Kerem Hasan (2017), Aziz Shokhakimov (2016), Lorenzo Viotti (2015), Maxime Pascal (2014), Ben Gernon (2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2012), Ainārs Rubikis (2011) and David Afkham (2010) – demonstrate the international relevance of this award.

Paul Bulcke, President of the Nestlé Board of Directors: “With the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, we support young conductors by providing an extraordinary platform. I congratulate this year’s winner, Gábor Káli, for his outstanding achievement, and wish him every success in the future. May this award provide significant advancement for his career.”

Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser is convinced that “once again, the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award demonstrates how essential it is to give young talents an opportunity to present their abilities as part of the Salzburg Festival. Once again, the entire Award Concert Weekend stood out for the extremely high musicality of the three candidates.”


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