Vitali Alekseenok (Belarus), Tobias Wögerer (Austria) and Hankyeol Yoon (South Korea) will compete for the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award.

(SF, 4 April 2023) Chaired by Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the jury chose eight candidates (two female, six male) in February as semi-finalists for the eleventh edition of the renowned competition, which takes place every two years. This year, there were 323 applications from 54 nations.

Yesterday, the eight young conductors assembled at the Haus für Mozart to prove their abilities. Observed by the jury, they rehearsed works by Arnold Schoenberg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert with the œnm. œsterreichisches ensemble fuer neue musik and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.

At the end of the Rehearsal Day and after extensive discussion, the jury decided that Vitali Alekseenok, Tobias Wögerer and Hankyeol Yoon would be invited to the Award Concert Weekend as finalists.

YCA Award Concert Weekend

During the 2023 Salzburg Festival, the three candidates will conduct one concert each, lasting approximately one hour at the Main Auditorium of the Mozarteum Foundation. The concert programmes will be chosen by the candidates in collaboration with the Salzburg Festival; a special focus is on contemporary compositions. Participants in the Young Singers Project will sing one Mozart concert aria in each of the concerts.

After the last of the three concerts, the jury will present the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award to the winner in a public award ceremony.

Concert 1: Tobias Wögerer – 4 August, 3 pm

Concert 2: Vitali Alekseenok – 5 August, 3 pm

Concert 3: Hankyeol Yoon – 6 August, 3 pm

YCA Award Winner’s Concert

In addition to the cash award of 15,000 Euro, the winner will have the opportunity to conduct a concert with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and a rising young soloist as part of the 2024 Salzburg Festival.

This award winner’s concert will be recorded and released on CD as part of the Salzburg Festival Documents edition.