Kerem Hasan wins Salzburg conducting prize11:38, 7th August 2017
Kerem Hasan has been named as the winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.
The 25-year-old British conductor receives a €15,000 cash prize, and will conduct the Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule in August 2018.
Hasan is associate conductor of the Welsh National Opera, and is currently studying at the Zurich University for the Arts with Johannes Schlaefli.
He joined the Dirigentenforum in 2016, and in the same year attended the Conducting Academy of the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Robert Spano. He was subsequently awarded the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize, and will return to Aspen as a conducting fellow in 2017.
Jury chair Dennis Russell Davies described Hasan as ‘a young talent who is ready for an international career’, adding: ‘He has the necessary self-confidence, he knows what he wants and he has the talent required.’
Previous winners of the competition include Lorenzo Viotti (2015), Maxime Pascal (2014), Ben Gernon (2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2012), Ainārs Rubikis (2011) and David Afkham (2010).