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Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé performing

Melissa Bradshaw

Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition announces semi-finalists

12:23, 15th January 2020

The Hallé has announced the names of the ten semi-finalists in the inaugural Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition.

Taking place at Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester from 20 – 22 February 2020, the competition will see four out of the ten semi-finalists selected to rehearse and perform with the Hallé on Saturday 22 February. The winner, chosen from the finalists that evening, will be offered a two-year engagement as the Hallé’s eighth assistant conductor, under the mentorship of music director Sir Mark Elder CH CBE. In addition, the winning conductor will receive a cash prize of £15,000.

The ten semi-finalists are:

  • Rodolfo Barráez, 26 (Venezuelan, based in Germany)
  • Diogo Costa, 30 (Portugese, based in Portugal)
  • Chloé Dufresne, 28 (French, based in France)
  • Jonas Ehrler, 27 (Swiss, based in Switzerland)
  • Andres Kaljuste, 37 (Estonian, based in the UK)
  • Delyana Lazarova, 34 (Bulgarian, based in Switzerland)
  • Antoine Petit-Dutaillis, 23 (French, based in France)
  • Elinor Rufeizen, 32 (Israeli, based in the US)
  • Joel Sandelson, 25 (British, based in the UK)
  • Francisco Valero-Terribas, 44 (Spanish, based in Spain)

The competition builds on a partnership between The Hallé and Siemens that has developed over the last two years, bringing classical music to Manchester audiences and delivering a variety of education and community outreach projects throughout the North of England.

‘Since it started in 2002, the Hallé’s Assistant Conductorship has identified and helped develop a number of rising stars of the conducting world, many of whom have gone on to great commercial and critical success,’ says John Summers, chief executive of The Hallé. ‘We are delighted to be working with Siemens to extend this opportunity to global audiences, bringing the very best and brightest musical talent to Manchester.’

Professor Dr. Stephan Frucht, artistic director of the Siemens Arts Program, added: ‘Directing an orchestra and modern business leadership have a lot in common. Siemens has always recognized the value of the arts, which is why we are in a constant exchange with musicians and artists, much like with scientists and engineers.’


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