Recently launched by the LEAD! Foundation, this initiative aims to support emerging conductors through tailored mentorship. It will provide “study, networking opportunities, consultancy, and management services for the next generation of young talent.”
The initial roster of young artists for the program comprises Caleb Young from the U.S., Joonas Pitkänen from Finland, and Ukrainian-Norwegian conductor Roman Reznik.
Selected based on their performance talent, personality, and excellence, they will study privately with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and focus on a range of repertoire with emphasis on creating interpretations both personally and artistically.
Most of the program’s activities will take place through LEAD!’s projects, including their annual conductors’ masterclass at the Fiskars Summer Festival and collaborations with ensembles such as the Lohja City and Finnish Chamber Orchestras.
Led by Sarasate, the festival is an international platform for established artists to guide the next generation of conductors from around the globe. Mentors for this year’s festival included Sanna Iljin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Georg Nigl, and Hannu Lintu.
“We see career-building as a long game, composed of different variables, both artistic and industry-related,” reads the LEAD! Artists website. “Evolution of an artist’s true personality and artistic identity should be encouraged alongside musical learning and development.
“We endeavor to support [artists] in gaining a foothold in the industry by recommending them to our network, giving them ongoing career advice, while supporting them in their musical development in the long-term.”
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