Young conducting talents at the podium

Special Bärenreiter prize awarded at “Deutscher Dirigentenpreis”

At the conducting competition “Deutscher Dirigentenpreis”, which took place in Cologne from 11 to 18 October, Chloé van Soeterstède (France) won not only an outstanding third prize but also the “Bärenreiter Special Prize” in the form of a generous sheet music voucher for the best interpretation of a work from the 20th/21st Century. During the second round of the competition she impressed the jury with a performance of Anton von Webern's “Six Pieces for Orchestra op. 6” as well as with Rebecca Saunders' “Traces”. She was conducting the WDR Sinfonieorchester.

The main prize was awarded to Julio García Vico (* 1992) from Spain. Hungarian Gábor Hontvári received the second prize.

The “Deutscher Dirigentenpreis” is conceived for young conductors. It is organised by the Deutscher Musikrat in partnership with the Kölner Philharmonie, the Oper Köln, the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, and the WDR Sinfonieorchester. This year's jury included: Lothar Zagrosek (chairman), Peter Gülke (honorary chairman), Lioba Braun, Siegwald Bütow, Louwrens Langevoort, Birgit Meyer and Stephan Mösch. Together, the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, the ensemble, the international opera studio of Oper Köln as well as the WDR Sinfonieorchester constituted a further jury voice. (photo: WDR / Thomas Kost)