Young Australian conductor wins major international prize

31 May 2011

Daniel Smith beat 184 other conductors from 43 countries.
Daniel Smith beat 184 other conductors from 43 countries.

Daniel Smith, a Sydney Conservatorium of Music alumnus, has won a prize in the prestigious Witold Lutosławski International Competition for Young Conductors, held in Białystok, Poland only once every five years.

After three elimination rounds, and competing against 184 conductors from 43 countries, Daniel was awarded the Orchestra's Choice Prize for the Best Conductor, decided after a vote by all the musicians in the Orchestra.

Daniel was presented with a one-metre-high prize statue and an honorary Diploma of Music with Distinction and, as a result of his performance, he has been invited to conduct several European orchestras.

Originally a flautist and Principal Flute with the SBS Radio and Television Orchestra, Daniel studied conducting and took a Master of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2005 and 2006 with Professor Imre Palló.

The Dean and Principal of the Conservatorium, Professor Kim Walker, said: "I take great pride in knowing that The Con is producing such fine musicians, who are beginning to achieve well-deserved recognition on the international stage."

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