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IPO conductor in international competition

Updated: October 2, 2013 6:02AM



Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra music director David Danzmayr was awarded second prize at the fourth International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany.

Danzmayr was one of 12 conductors selected to travel to Bamberg to compete in the week-long event. The candidates were selected from 406 applicants representing 60 countries. Three conductors advanced to the final round, where each led the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. In a final round that was so close it caused “pounding hearts,” the jury awarded two second prizes in addition to the first, according to the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra news release.

“The IPO is incredibly proud of Maestro Danzmayr, and we congratulate him on his performance at the Mahler competition,” IPO executive director Andrew Bradford said. “Throughout his first season as music director of the IPO, he has consistently wowed audiences with spectacular concerts.”

In 2012, Danzmayr was awarded fourth prize at the Malko Conducting Competition in Denmark.

Danzmayr returns Oct. 19 to lead the Illinois Philharmonic in the opening concert of its 2013-14 season.

For more information about the IPO’s schedule, visit ipomusic.org.

Staff report



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