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.
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