Dayner Tafur-Díaz Wins Siemens Arts Program Scholarship

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: ©Jonathan-Berger-ORW-Liège)

The Siemens Arts Program has awarded Dayner Tafur-Díaz the Karajan-Akademie’s scholarship.

The Peruvian conductor will attend the two-year academy training program and will assist the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko, in addition to conducting a concert with the Karajan-Akademie Chamber Orchestra in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin.

The jury included Andrea Zietzschmann, Simon Rössler, Stefan Dohr, Eva Tomasi, Prof. Dr. Stephan Frucht, and Stefan Schweigert.

Tafur-Díaz began his musical training as a trumpet player and in 2017, settled in Germany. He has assisted conductor Knut Andreas as director of the numerous ensembles and youth orchestras and in October 2023, he won the German Conducting Award, presented jointly by the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra and the Ensemble and Internationales Opernstudio of the Cologne Opera. He has won such competitions as the International Opera Conducting Competition of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège (Belgium) and, the conducting competition of the University of Almeria. He has also been selected as one of the 20 finalists for the 2023 Mahler Competition.