Results just in from a tight finish at the flexi-rules Solti Conducting Competition.
The winner is José Luis Gomez Rios, 32
Second is Kevin Griffiths, 27, a Londoner
Third, and most experienced, is Tito Munoz, 27, US-born and assistant conductor at the Cleveland Orchestra.
A product of the Venezulean Sistema, J-L Gomez Rios studied at the Manhattan School of Music and is now a Spanish citizen. Griffiths put in his apprenticeship with Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, Lothar Zagrosek and David Zinman. Munoz is a Franz-Welser-Möst protege.
No women made it to the finals. Nor did the disputed free-pass second-round candidate.
Here’s the Frankfurt-live report (in German):