Jamie Phillips, 20, was one of three finalists in the 2012 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. The judges split 5:5 between him and the Lithuanian, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, 26.
It came down to casting vote by chairman Ingo Metzmacher, and he went for the Lithuanian on grounds of ‘greater determination and clarity’ (whatever that is supposed to mean).
No sooner was the verdict announced than Salzburg boss Alexander Pereira came bouncing up to Jamie and awarded him a concert with Camerata Salzburg at the 2013 summer festival. Consolation prize? No way. Grazynte gets to conduct a youth orchestra as her reward. Jamie gets a major festival grown-up debut. Result!
Watch our boy go. Press release below.
Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2012
The 2012 Winner Is Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
SF, April 30, 2012. The winner of the 2012 “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, held this year for the third time, is a young woman from Lithuania: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
26-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla from Lithuania convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher at the Award Concert Weekend, when she performed at the Felsenreitschule with the Camerata Salzburg.
“It was a very close call. In the end, greater determination and clarity was the crucial factor,” said Metzmacher.
The idea of the Festival’s Artistic Director – introducing the three final candidates to the Salzburg audience in one concert weekend – met with widespread acclaim.
On the whole, there were 91 applicants. The prize carries a cash value of 15,000 Euros and is awarded every year to a young conductor under the age of 35. In addition, the winner will conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra on August 12, 2012 at a Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule.
Spontaneously, Artistic Director Alexander Pereira declared that the decision had been so close that 20-year-old Jamie Phillips from Great Britain would have the opportunity to conduct Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festival in 2013.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, President on the Nestlé Board, was deeply impressed with the abilities of the young Lithuanian conductor: “Once again, the initiative of the ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ shows how important it is to give young talents such a renowned platform for presentation as the Salzburg Festival. It is not only an honorable task to support international, young talent, but it also is important for society as a whole. This weekend has once again brought home to me the shared vision of Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival: a passion for extraordinary quality.”
“Discovering and supporting young talents is one of the most fascinating and pleasant tasks of any cultural institution. Of course, young conductors have a particularly hard time finding a platform and thus, being heard. The Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award wishes to improve this situation. The gratifyingly high number of applicants shows how attractive this opportunity is for rising young conductors. We are looking forward very much to giving Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla the chance to conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra,” Artistic Director Alexander Pereira said.