2013 Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors

The awardee of the 2013 Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors is Ludwig Carrasco-Curintzita from Mexico. The jury chose Mr. Carrasco-Curintzita after carefully reviewing 217 applications from skilled and talented conductors from 24 different countries. The jury also decided to award honorable mention to Chung Ho Park (South Korea) and Mikhail Shikov (Russia) Mr. Carrasco-Curintzita will receive support for a period of one year to participate in professional activities that will enhance and develop his career in the conducting field. Mr. Ira Markowitz, Chairman of the Selection Committee, remarked that “Mr. Carrasco-Curintzita’s academic record is excellent and clearly positioned him above the rest of his colleagues; once we also examined his artistic achievements and observed his conducting potential for a professional-level career he was a clear choice”.

Born in 1977, Ludwig Carrasco-Curintzita studied in his home country, the USA and Europe. He holds a BM and a MM in Violin Performance, as well as a MM in Orchestral Conducting, studying with Professor David Itkin at the University of North Texas. Additionally, he holds a MM in Musicology and a Master in Arts Management. He has conducted ensembles and orchestras in Mexico, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the USA, appearing at prestigious festivals such as the Dallas Festival of New Music, the Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen (Hannover, Germany) and the Estate Musicale in Toscana (Italy). Also an accomplished violinist, he has performed concerts in twenty-five countries worldwide and has appeared in some of the most prestigious concert halls in three different continents. Currently, he is conductor of the Sinfonietta Prometeo.

The Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors was established by members of the Markowitz family from New York City and Philadelphia to honor the memory of the late Leah Markowitz. It seeks to provide significant opportunities and assistance to gain international exposure for gifted conductors born on or after January 1, 1973, regardless of gender, race, nationality, or religion.

For more information please contact: Lori Smith, Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors, markowitzaward@gmail.com

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Results are coming up!!!

Today the selected applicants for the 2013 Markowitz Award will be contacted by email and the complete information will be published shortly afterwards!! Stay tuned!!

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REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS IS IN PROGRESS!!

Thanks to all the applicants for the 2013 Markowitz Award!! Our selection committee is reviewing all the applications and the supporting materials that were submitted.  We have seen some outstanding candidates and we can honestly say that it is going to be difficult to select only one winner!!! Best of luck!

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RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 20TH

Due to the overwhelming amount of applications (over 200!!) the results of the 2013 Markowitz Award will be announced on March 20th. This will allow us to properly review all and each of the candidates and their materials. Please visit this site at that time.  Thank you and best of luck to all our applicants!

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DEADLINE IS JANUARY 25TH

Do not forget that out deadline to participate is January 25th!! Do not miss out on this great opportunity for young and talented conductors!!

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The 2013 Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors

The 2013 Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors

The Markowitz Award for Orchestral Conductors was established by members of the Markowitz family from New York City and Philadelphia to honor the memory of the late Leah Markowitz. It seeks to provide significant opportunities and assistance to gain international exposure for gifted conductors born on or after January 1, 1973.

Qualified high-caliber conductors are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, race, nationality, or religion. Applicants must show commitment towards further developing their talent and knowledge, a clear potential for a professional-level career, and a strong social involvement. Applications are evaluated by a Committee comprised of professional musicians and members of the Markowitz family.

There is no application fee and the deadline for presenting all materials is January 25, 2013,

Applicants must submit the following documents and information:
– A cover letter stating motivation and reasons for applying towards this award.
– A complete CV (with photo) including detailed information about studies, experience, and artistic achievements.
– Three reference letters.
– A PDF or Word document with up to four links to online video samples of the applicant’s work (Vimeo, YouTube, personal website, etc.), clearly showing a front view of the conductor. Please include the complete title of the work, the name of the ensemble/orchestra, and the year of the recording.

All materials must be sent to: markowitzaward@gmail.com. Please note that incomplete applications will be discarded without consideration.

Complete details of the support awarded will be discussed only with the selected applicants. The recipients must agree to have their names and information used for professional purposes and must acknowledge the award on all career-related materials (bios, websites, vitae, recordings, etc.) for the duration of the award.

The Committee’s decision will be announced on February 11, 2013. Selection decisions are final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

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