Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and Awards Committee Chair, today announced the names of the recipients of the 2017 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards, bringing the number of such grants given by the Foundation to 55, and the amount awarded to young conductors since 2004 to $500,000, a major milestone in the organization’s history. This year’s recipients hold positions throughout the United States, Canada and Brazil with posts in California, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, Hamilton, Ontario, and Rio de Janiero.
“The Solti Foundation U.S. is thrilled to announce the 2017 Career Assistance Award recipients,” said Ms. Van Horn. “These young conductors are part of the fabric of our future musical landscape, and we are proud to identify, support and encourage these young musicians in the early stages of their classical careers. Congratulations to all the awardees.”
Ms. Van Horn congratulated Conner Gray Covington, Assistant Conductor, Utah Symphony Orchestra; Roderick Cox, Assistant Conductor, The Minnesota Symphony Orchestra; Aram Demirjian, Music Director, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN); Yaniv Dinur, Music Director, The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (MA), and Assistant Conductor, The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (WI); Roger Kalia, Co-Founder and Music Director, Lake George Music Festival (NY), and Assistant Conductor, Pacific Symphony and Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (CA); Stilian Kirov, Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic, the Bakersfield Symphony (CA), and Symphony in C (Philadelphia, NJ); Lee Mills, Resident Conductor, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira (Rio de Janiero, Brazil); Gemma New, Resident Conductor, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (MO), and Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (Canada), and Sameer Patel, Associate Conductor, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Conductor, Sun Valley Summer Symphony.