THIRD PRIZE in the Arthur Nikisch Conducting Competition has been assigned to Ondrej Vrabec.
Ondřej Vrabec, conductor and French horn player, is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Already at the age of 17, he became the principal horn player of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, where he holds the position of soloist to this day. As a soloist, he has performed with dozens of national and international orchestras under the baton of famous conductors (such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ian Volkov). A great part of his activities includes chamber music (Brahms Trio Prague, PhilHarmonia Octet, Juventus Quintet, etc.). He has recorded most of the large number of French horn compositions dedicated to him, which he often has commissioned either directly or indirectly. He leads masterclasses (Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Czech Republic), and collaborates regularly with the Japanese educational society And Vision Inc. Tokyo.
As a conductor, he builds on the experience gained during his rich career as a solo, chamber, and orchestra player. Ondřej Vrabec performs with the majority of professional Czech orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic, where from 2010 he held the unofficial position of conductor’s assistant.
The Special Prize of €1000, offered by Only Stage Music Management, has been assigned to Alexander Prior.
Our decision for this ONLY STAGE MANAGEMENT SPECIAL PRIZE has been addressed to support one of the most talented artists, the British conductor and composer.
At only 27 years of age, Alexander Prior is already in the midst of his fourth season as Chief Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Recent engagements have also included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Camerata Salzburg, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Staatskapelle, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestra of Mannheim Opera, Seattle Symphony, and New World Symphony.
Alexander Prior's catalogue of compositions is substantial in its share of high-profile commissions. His ballet Mowgli, commissioned by the Moscow State Ballet and first performed at the Kremlin Theatre in 2008, secured international critical acclaim and has now been running for almost ten consecutive years. The Edmonton Symphony recently premiered his latest work, Putl'lt, a large symphonic work inspired by the eponymous Nuxálk word meaning "everything belongs to those generations that are not yet born."