11th Competition awards
Photo: Joan Tomàs
Lorenzo Viotti - First prize
Born in 1990 in Lausanne, Lorenzo Viotti began taking percussion lessons at the age of 10. After finishing his studies in piano, singing and percussion in Lyon, Viotti moved to Vienna in 2009 for further training in the latter speciality. A year later, Georg Mark offered him the opportunity to attend orchestral conducting classes at the Vienna conservatory. At the same time, Viotti has acquired wide experience performing as a musician in the major Viennese orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic.
Since early 2012 Viotti has been principal conductor of the Vienna Akademische Symphonie Orchester. He also continued his conducting studies with Nicolas Pasquet, which led to his debut leading the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra. A few months later, he made a successful first appearance with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice, with whom he has since worked regularly, as well as making his opera debut with the Schlosstheater Schoenbrunn, conducting Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Recently, he won first prize at the MDR competition in Leipzig, where he will make his debut in March. At the moment he continues to study conducting in Weimar with Nicolas Pasquet and regularly attends classes with Georges Prêtre and Bertrand de Billy.
Photo: Joan Tomàs
Vlad Vizireanu - Second prize
Vlad Vizireanu was recently awarded the 2013 Chautauqua Conducting Fellowship and was invited to conduct a side-by-side concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Royal Camerata at the prestigious Enescu Festival in Bucharest this autumn. He was also among the final seven participants out of a pool of 230 selected by Bernard Haitink for the Lucerne Easter Festival masterclass.
Vizireanu participated in the 2011 Witold Lutoslawski International Conducting Competition, where he led the Bialystok Philharmonic. He was awarded first prize at the St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Conducting Competition in 2010 and was chosen to conduct Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto in a live concert in his European debut.
He participated in a select masterclass given by Franz Welser-Möst as part of the Cleveland Orchestra Residency Program at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and he has also studied with James DePriest, Larry Rachleff, David Effron, Gustav Meier and Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo International New Music Festival.
Michiel Delanghe - Special award from the jury
Michiel Delanghe (born 1987) took his MA at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, where he studied orchestral conducting under Ivo Venkov and Koen Kessels. He is chief conductor of the Wagenings Symphony Orchestra in the Netherlands.
He has conducted several concerts with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatory (Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Mahler 4th Symphony) and serves regularly as assistant conductor for the Flemish Opera where he has worked with conductors such as Patrick Fournillier (Turandot), Yannis Pouspourikas (Candide) and Jef Smits (Aladino e la lampado Magico).
He is music director of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Edegem (Antwerp). With this orchestra he gives several concerts each season, conducting works such as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain and contemporary music such as Wim Henderickx’s Variations and Skriet. In August 2011 he conducted Beethoven’s 4th Symphony with the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria).