Archive for the Awards Category

Venezuela’s “El Sistema” has Another Winner.

Posted in Awards on September 16, 2010 by figarosi

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.


Another name to watch…

Posted in Awards on August 26, 2010 by figarosi

A baritone from South Korea, Eung Kwang Lee, has won the top prize in the Ernst Haefliger Competition, held at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.  It carries with it a prize of 10,000 Swiss Francs and performance opportunities at the Menuhin Festival and the Lucerne Festival.

The festival, named after the famed Swiss tenor, is now in its third year. Lee, born in 1981, is currently a part of the Basel Opera ensemble and competed against 80 other candidates.

Views of German Critics

Posted in Awards on August 12, 2010 by figarosi

The annual “German Record Critics Prizes” for 2010 were announced recently. Ten recordings were honored, five from the classical field.

Those classical recordings honored were Johann Sebastian Bach’s Motets BWV 225-230 from Bach Collegium Japan under the direction of Massaki Suzuki, Mahler’s “Lieder” by baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber, Dvorak’s “Symphonic Poems” by Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the late and much missed Charles Mackerras, Chopin’s Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (Rafal Blechacz, piano, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jerzy Semkow) and, a surprise, the young French pianist Eric Le Sage’s recording of the complete piano works of Schumann. A special prize honored a “Recording of the Year” and that was “Hommage à Steuermann.”

Yet another one…

Posted in Awards on May 26, 2009 by figarosi

In yet another in a series of awards to the young dynamo, in a ceremony at the Semperoper in Dresden, conductor Gustavo Dudamel was presented with the Dresden Music Festival Prize on May 23. It was awarded the same day as his concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a program of Prokoviev, Chavez and Grieg. The prize has been given since 2004 and past reciepients have included conductor Kurt Mazur, choreographer John Neumeier, violinist Gidon Kremer und mezzo Christa Ludwig

Young conductor to watch.

Posted in Awards on May 21, 2009 by figarosi

The American conductor Joshua Weilerstein, 21, has won the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. He won both the first prize and the public prize and collects the 20,000 Euro prize. A student at the New England Conservatory of Music, he has already conducted the Parkway Chamber Orchestra and the North Shore Youth Orchestra.  The competition, held since 1965, recognized also Italian conductor Francesco Angelico with an award of 10,000 Euros.