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By Culturekiosque Staff

CHICAGO, 4 APRIL 2014 — Conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has been awarded the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition. The award consists of a $100,000 cash prize, a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 2015-2016 season, and a residency of four weeks over the next two years at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois. The award was established in 2004 by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

"It is with great pride and appreciation that I accept the Nemmers Prize this year," Salonen said. "The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has long been a musical home away from home for me, and I look forward to developing a relationship with the Northwestern students and faculty. The possibilities at educational institutions are always intriguing, but the Bienen School's special amalgam of creativity and merit makes this opportunity even more exciting."  The Finnish composer and conductor is in Chicago (3, 5, 8 April 2014) to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in works by Clyne, Bartók and Sibelius.

Previous winners of the Nemmers Prize include Kaija Saariaho, Oliver Knussen, Aaron Jay Kernis and John Adams.

Meanwhile, The Solti Foundation U.S. announced today eight awards as it marked its tenth year of granting awards to rising young American conductors.

Cristian Macelaru, Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2014 $25,000 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Also known as The Solti Fellow, it is among the largest grants currently given to American conductors in the formative years of their careers. A graduate of Rice University where he received his Master's degree under the tutelage of Larry Rachleff, Mr. Macelaru also participated in the prestigious conducting programs of Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman, Murry Sidlin, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Robert Spano, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. Mr. Macelaru's upcoming season includes return engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Chicago, Houston and Baltimore symphony orchestras, as well as debuts with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and the Metropolitain Orchestra (Canada) in North America, and with the Halle Orchestra (UK) and the Residentie Orkest (The Hague) abroad.

Seven other conductors were recipients of 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards: Vladimir Kulenovic, Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and the Resident Conductor of Belgrade Philharmonic; Shizuo Z Kuwahara, Music Director, Symphony Orchestra Augusta; Conner Gray Covington, Assistant Conductor, Memphis Symphony; Joseph Young, Assistant Conductor, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Yaniv Attar, Music Director, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra; Lee Mills, Assistant Conductor, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and Keitaro Harada, Associate Conductor, Arizona Opera. Career Assistance Awards (amount varies) are given by the Foundation to encourage and provide critical assistance to talented young conductors at the start of their professional careers.

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