Jamie Phillips invited to conduct the Camerata Salzburg after final of Young Conductors Award
Published: 30 April 2012
Twenty-year-old British conductor Jamie Phillips, the youngest of the three finalists in the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2012, which concluded last night in Salzburg, has been invited to conduct the Camerata Salzburg at the 2013 Salzburg Festival.
In the closing ceremony, held in the historic Felsenreitschule, the Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was named winner of the 2012 Award and in August, will conduct the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the 2012 Salzburg Festival. However, as Ingo Metzmacher, Chair of the Jury, explained, the final decision was so close that the Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival, Alexander Pereira, took the unprecedented decision to offer Jamie Phillips a concert with the Camerata Salzburg in the following year, in the 2013 Festival.
Jamie Phillips conducted the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg in his final concert in a programme of Adès' Three Studies from Couperin, Chopin Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 (with soloist Ingolf Wunder), Haydn Symphony in G, Hob.I:88, and Stravinsiky Pulcinella Suite.
Earlier this season, he attracted considerable attention as the youngest competitor in the 2011 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors when he reached the semi-finals whilst still a student at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music.