Venezuela’s “El Sistema” has Another Winner.

The conductor José Luís Gómez Ríos has won First Prize in the fifth edition of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition held in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. The 32 year-old conductor was born in Maraciabo, Venezuela and studied music first at the conservatory in his home town and later at the Manhattan School of Music. At the age of 11 he was concertmaster of the local youth orchestra and later had his first conducting experiences with the Youth Orchestra of Venezuela made famous by Gustavo Dudamel.

The prize, worth 15,000 Euros, places Gómez Ríos at the head of some 576 entrants. Second Place was awarded to the UK’s Kevin Griffiths, 32, and Third Place to 27 year-old Tito Munoz of the USA.


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