Sel Kardan, president and chief executive officer of the Colburn School, and faculty member Esa-Pekka Salonen announced the inaugural class of Salonen Fellows in the conservatory’s new Negaunee Conducting Program.
British conductor and pianist Angus Webster and Finnish-British conductor Ross Jamie Collins were selected from more than 115 applicants from throughout the world to enroll at the selective school, beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.
Salonen joined the Colburn School faculty last fall to lead and develop the Negaunee Conducting Program, a course of study in the school’s Conservatory of Music for a small, select group of aspiring young conductors. Known as Salonen Fellows, the students will develop their craft and nurture their talent through personal mentorship. Students will receive full scholarship to cover tuition, room and board.
At both the Colburn School and with the Philharmonia Orchestra, where Salonen serves as principal conductor and artistic advisor, the Salonen Fellows will gain significant real-world experience.
“I’m very proud to welcome Angus Webster and Ross Collins to the Negaunee Conducting Program as the first class of fellows,” Salonen said. “Both showed great talent and openness, as well as a real ability to communicate with the musicians in a natural way.”
Kardan said the pair will have an “unprecedented opportunity to nurture their craft.”
“We look forward to watching Angus and Ross continue their artistic growth as we embark on this international collaboration with the Philharmonia,” Kardan said.
The fellows will collaborate with other young musicians on the Philharmonia’s Emerging Artists program, designed to connect young artists to the wider life of the Philharmonia; work with Philharmonia’s management to develop and produce Salonen’s flagship projects; and serve as assistant conductors to Salonen for his engagements.
The Colburn School is located at 200 S. Grand Ave. For information, visit colburrnschool.edu.
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