Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti won First Prize at the 11th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition. The Second prize was awarded to the American-Romanian Vlad Vizireanu. The Belgian Michiel Delanghe received a Special award from the jury. 60 conductors had been selected to participate in this year’s competition.

Born in 1990 in Lausanne, Lorenzo Viotti began taking percussion lessons at the age of 10. After finishing his studies in piano, singing and percussion in Lyon, Viotti moved to Vienna in 2009 for further training. Later he focused on conducting lessons. Recently, he won first prize at the MDR competition in Leipzig, where he will make his debut in March. At the moment he continues to study conducting in Weimar with Nicolas Pasquet and regularly attends classes with Georges Prêtre and Bertrand de Billy.

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