Hankyeol Yoon
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South Korean conductor Hankyeol Yoon has won the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award 2023 at the Salzburg Festival. This was announced by the Salzburg Festival on Sunday. The 29-year-old prevailed in the final against Vitali Alekseenok from Belarus and the Austrian Tobias Wögerer.

The Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Awards is open to conductors who are older than 21 and younger than 35 and takes place every two years. It is an initiative of the Salzburg Festival in cooperation with the Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute.

The laureate will receive a cash award of 15,000 euros (US$16,513) and the opportunity to conduct a concert with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and a rising young soloist as part of the 2024 Salzburg Festival.

Born in the southeastern city of Daegu, Hankyeol Yoon studied conducting, composition and piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in Germany.

He was the youngest ever recipient of the Neeme Jarvi Prize at the 2019 Gstaad Menuhin Festival and received conducting invitations from the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Basel and Bern Symphony Orchestras.

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