Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg young conductor award12:45, 15th August 2016
Aziz Shokhakimov has won the 2016 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival young conductors award.
The 27-year-old Uzbekistani wins €15,000 (£12,730) and a concert as part of the Salzburg Festival 2017, which will be released on disc.
Recently appointed Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and principal guest conductor with Milan’s La Verdi Orchestra, Shokhakimov came to international prominence upon winning the 2010 Mahler International Conducting Competition in 2010. Previous positions include assistant conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan.
This year’s jury was chaired by Dennis Russell Davies and also included Marc-André Dalbavie, Angela Denoke and Matthias Schulz. The other finalists were Ciarán McAuley (Ireland) and Alexander Prior (UK).
Launched in 2010, the award recognises talented conductors aged 22-35. Past winners include Lorenzo Viotti (2015), Ben Gernon (2013) and Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla (2012).