Young Brit Wins Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2017

By David Salazar

Conductor Kerem Hasan is the winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2017.

The 25-year-old Brit walked away with 15,000 euros and will conduct a Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule in August 2018. Other major winners of the award include, Aziz Shokhakimov (2016), Lorenzo Viotti (2015), Maxime Pascal (2014), Ben Gernon (2013), Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2012), Ainārs Rubikis (2011) and David Afkham (2010), all of which were under the age of 35 at the time of their win.

Born in London in 1992, Hasan started off his musical studies as a pianist before conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar.

He has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra and has also been appointed Associate Conductor of the Welsh National Opera.

Other organizations that he has led Oviedo Filarmonía, the Meininger Hofkapelle and the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic. and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

“The ‘Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’, is one of the most important awards of its kind in the world, helping young conductors launch their international careers. It is wonderful to see how the winners so far have made their way in the business. And I am absolutely convinced that Kerem Hasan will also use the Festival as a launch-pad,” said Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival.