Giudo Cantelli International Conducting Award Anounces 18 Finalists

By Francisco Salazar

The “Guido Cantelli” International Conducting Award in Novara has announced the 18 finalists, selected from among the 241 candidates.

The selected conductors come from four continents and represent 15 different countries: Italy, Russia, Colombia, Great Britain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States, Israel, South Korea, Peru and Australia.

The finalists are Sergey Akimov (Russia), Sebastian Almanzar (Colombia), Giovanni Conti (Italia), Matteo Dal Maso (Italia), William Dutton (Great Britain), Anthony Fournier (Switzerland), Leon Frantzen-Malesani (Holland/Italia), Gustav Karl Magnus Fryklund (Sweden), Luka Hauser (Germany), Daniel Ros Hernández (Spain), Aram Khacheh (Italia), Richard Octaviano Kogima (Brazil), Mason Lubert (USA), Giacomo Pomati (Italia), Ilya Ram (USA/Israel), Min Gyu Song (South Korea), Dayner Aldair Tafur-Díaz (Perù), and Toby Thatcher (Australia/Great Britain).

The finalists of the 13th edition, all aged between 25 and 35, were chosen on the basis of video-recorded performances by conductor Riccardo Frizza, Artistic Advisor of the Cantelli Award, and Didier De Cottignies, Artistic Director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In a statement, Corinne Baroni, Director of the Award said, “The “Guido Cantelli” Award aims to go beyond more traditional understandings of conducting competitions, which mainly focus on competition and technique. On the contrary, it aspires to become a manifesto of values capable of inspiring new generations of young people, who embrace concepts such as passion, determination and tolerance. With candidates coming from more than thirty-five nations – among whom the eighteen presented today have been selected – the 13th edition of the Cantelli Award proves to be an exceptionally relevant international showcase where young talents can express themselves and become an inspiration, thus contributing to enriching global cultural heritage. The Cantelli Award is a source of beauty and harmony, a place where men and women from all over the world can nurture that virtuous spiral that elevates art and culture for the benefit of all.”

The preliminary phase and semi-finals will be held from Oct. 3 to 5 at the Cariplo Foundation Auditorium.

The final concert will be held on October 6 p.m. at the Coccia Theatre in Novara.