The finalists, chosen by Dennis Russell Davies and Plácido Domingo for the Nestle-Salzburg Conductors award are:
Jiri Rozen (23), Czech Republic
Giedrė Šlekytė (25), Lithuania ( Pictured)
Lorenzo Viotti (25), Switzerland
Lithuania seems to be producing young conductors, many of them female e.g. Mirga Grazynte-Tyla, who are forging reputations in what has been a predominantly male bastion. For such a small country (approx 3 million population) they have a very strong musical cultural heritage and it is very positive that female talent is being recognised both nationally and internationally.
Here is wishing Giedrė Šlekytė every success in the competition and perhaps in the not too distant future she will be in front of one of Europe’s major orchestras.