Conducting Student Wins First Prize in London Classical Soloists Workshop and Competition

Author: Mark Doerries

Caleb Wenzel, a DMA candidate in conducting, has just returned from London where he won first prize in the London Classical Soloists Workshop and Competition. The workshop, led by Austrian Conductor Achim Holub, has served as a training ground for numerous conductors from almost every continent for over a decade. Previous winners of this competition have held conducting positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Berklee College of Music, the Camerata Vihti Chamber Orchestra (Finland), and Vox Vanguard (UK). Conducting movements from Beethoven’s fourth and ninth symphonies, Mr. Wenzel emerged as the highest ranked of both the orchestra members and the competition jury amidst a crowded field of 16 conductors from ten countries. As first prize winner, Mr. Wenzel will return to Europe to conduct the London Classical Soloists’ Austrian counterpart, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, during the 2017-18 concert season.

On this side of the Atlantic, Mr. Wenzel is a candidate for the Respighi Prize in conducting. In June, he will travel to New York City to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of New York in three days of rehearsals adjudicated by Marin Alsop, the world-renowned conductor of the Baltimore Symphony. As one of twenty candidates for the prize, Mr. Wenzel will be competing for the opportunity to conduct the Chamber Orchestra of New York in a concert at Carnegie Hall alongside Maestra Alsop.

Caleb Wenzel is in his final semester at Notre Dame. He is currently in his third season as assistant conductor of Ensemble Concept/21 at Indiana University South Bend and serves on the music faculties of Goshen College and Holy Cross College.

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