7 - 14 June 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The role of the conductor has been much described, dissected and discussed. Tales and legends festoon this fabled figure. The maestro is feared and admired, attacked and fêted. Held up by Elias Canetti as the embodiment of power, for us the conductor evokes such concepts as inspiration, authenticity and vision. The requirements of this singular profession are indeed highly complex and hard to characterize, combining artistic gifts with technical skills and excellent communication.
The list does not end there, which is why an institution like the Bamberg Symphony’s Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition is so important. Every three years since 2004 the Competition has been giving young artists the opportunity to gain valuable experience of working with a top orchestra and to present themselves before a high-calibre jury and the wider musical world.
On Thursday, 13th June 2013 after the final round, the jury of the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition announced the prizewinners of the competition. For the first time in the competition's history, one first prize and two second prizes were awarded:
1. Prize (€ 20.000,-): Lahav Shani, Israel (born 07.01.1989)
2. Prize (€ 10.000,-): Tung-Chieh Chuang, Taiwan (born 16.09.1982)
2. Prize (€ 10.000,-): David Danzmayr, Austria (born 07.01.1980)
"This was a heartbeat-final'", said the jury, "it was a very close decision. We think it was a good decision to give the first prize to the conductor we saw the most potential in and two first prizes to the other finalists. It just did not feel right to make a difference between them since they were so radically different."
On Friday, 14th June 2013 at 7 pm, the winner of the competition Lahav Shani conducted the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in the final concert - right after the prize giving ceremony.
In an intensive selection process 12 participants were chosen from over 400 applicants (54 were women) from 60 different countries. The selected candidates were welcomed in Bamberg by the jury, sponsors and organisation team. After competing in the pre-rounds and main rounds of the competition, on 12th and 13th June, the public semifinals and finals took place at Bamberg Concerthall.