Hankyeol Yoon Wins Salzburg Festival’s Prestigious Young Conductors Award

By David Salazar
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The Salzburg Festival has announced that Hankyeol Yoon is the 2023 winner of the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award.

This is the 11th time that the award has been presented and it comes with a 15,000 euro prize. Yoon will also get the opportunity to conduct a Festival concert with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, which will be recorded and released as part of the Salzburg Festival Documents series.

“Quite apart from the prize, even performing on this august stage of the renowned Salzburg Festival during the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award is an extremely great honour and joy. To give a concert for some of the people who have been most important for my musical development, such a distinguished jury and this wonderful audience with such a great orchestra is an incredibly joy,” said Yoon in an official press statement.

The South Korean conductor is a previous winner of the Neeme Järvi Prize at the 2019 Gstaad Menuhin Festival and has performed alongside such organizations as the Basel Symphony, Bern Symphony, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Northern German Philharmonic in Rostock and the Korean National Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He is a graduate of the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre and has been mentored by the likes of George Benjamin, Daniel Harding, Thomas Adès, and Simon Rattle.