After two days during which twenty-four young conductors were put through their paces at the helm of the DNSO, the jury in the Malko competition has just announced the dozen who have made it into the second round.
The field has now been halved and the second round awaits. Even more will be required of the remaining contestants, with the focus on elements such as artistic expression, dynamic control and intonation.
The president of the jury has chosen specific excerpts from the various works amounting to just thirteen minutes of music. Each candidate will be allowed seven minutes of rehearsal with the orchestra, followed by a recording. The young conductors will all conduct the same thirteen minutes from the repertoire. The order will be up to them.
Amongst the final 12 is Lithuanian Giedre Slekyte, 25, who studied conducting at the University of Music and Fine Arts in Graz as well as the Academy of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. Alongside her studies she performed as a guest conductor with several orchestras, including the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra among others. She has also performed at the Konzert Theater Bern and has taken part in prestigious master classes with musicians such as Bernard Haitink. Since 2013, she has been a member of Dirigentforum under the German Music Council.
It is remarkable the number of talented musicians and conductors that a country with only just over 3 million people continues to produce, let us wish her well in the next stage of the competition.
Update: Giedre Slekyte has made it to the final 6 competitors (as of 29 April 2015) and we wish her well in the final round.
Update: Unfortunately, Giedre did not make it to the final three of the competition but I am sure she has a wonderful career in music ahead of her.