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Solti Foundtion U.S. Announces 2014 Award Recipients

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Solti Foundtion U.S. Announces 2014 Award Recipients

The Solti Foundation U.S. today announced an unprecedented eight awards as it marked its tenth year of granting awards to rising young American conductors.

Cristian Macelaru, Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2014 $25,000 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Also known as The Solti Fellow, it is among the largest grants currently given to American conductors in the formative years of their careers. A graduate of Rice University where he received his Master's degree under the tutelage of Larry Rachleff, Mr. Macelaru also participated in the prestigious conducting programs of Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman, Murry Sidlin, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Robert Spano, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. Mr. Macelaru's upcoming season includes return engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Chicago, Houston and Baltimore symphony orchestras, as well as debuts with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and the Metropolitain Orchestra (Canada) in North America, and with the Halle Orchestra (UK) and the Residentie Orkest (The Hague) abroad. (Biography attached.)

Seven talented conductors were recipients of 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards: Vladimir Kulenovic, Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and the Resident Conductor of Belgrade Philharmonic; Shizuo Z Kuwahara, Music Director, Symphony Orchestra Augusta; Conner Gray Covington, Assistant Conductor, Memphis Symphony; Joseph Young, Assistant Conductor, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Yaniv Attar, Music Director, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra; Lee Mills, Assistant Conductor, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and Keitaro Harada, Associate Conductor, Arizona Opera. Career Assistance Awards (amount varies) are given by the Foundation to encourage and provide critical assistance to talented young conductors at the start of their professional careers. (Biographies attached.)

In announcing the 2014 award recipients, Penny Van Horn, Solti Foundation U.S. Board Chair, stated, "It is with pleasure that we congratulate the talented conductors being recognized today. The Solti Foundation U.S. looks to the future as it seeks to recognize and offer assistance in the development of talented young American conductors who ultimately will share the gift of their artistry with us. On behalf of the Solti Foundation Board, I congratulate Cristian Macelaru as the fifth recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, The Solti Fellow. We are also excited to congratulate the seven recipients of the 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards: Vladimir Kulenovic, Shizuo Z Kuwahara, Conner Gray Covington, Joseph Young, Yaniv Attar, Lee Mills and Keitaro Harada.

"As these talented young conductors continue to hone their art, The Solti Foundation U.S. takes great pride in identifying and providing assistance in their development. We look forward to following their careers."

Elizabeth Buccheri, Chair of the Foundation's Artistic and Awards Committee, stated, "Duain Wolfe, Philip Morehead, and I are thrilled to be a part of this exciting effort, and we congratulate these eight gifted American musicians on their selection for the 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Awards. We will follow their careers with great interest."

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