Portuguese conductor Nuno Coelho, 28, has been proclaimed the winner of the Cadaqués Conducting Competition. Initially, 301 candidates applied for the award. Gianandrea Noseda, current principal conductor of the Cadaqués Orchestra and winner of the first prize in the 1994 competition was the president of the jury.

Coelho was recently a finalist at the Salzburg Young Conductors Award. He studied at the Zurich University of the Arts with Johannes Schlaefli. In 2015 he joined the Dirigentenforum programme organised by the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council) and received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Following his violin studies in Klagenfurt he obtained a master’s degree in Brussels under the guidance of Yuzuko Horigome. He has played in various groups as a soloist.

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