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Emerging conductor Dayner Tafur-Díaz wins Siemens Conductors Scholarship

“I have no doubt that we will hear a lot more from Dayner Tafur-Díaz in the next few years,” said Stephan Frucht, Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program and jury member. “He impressed us in the selection process with his precision. The Siemens Conductors Scholarship is intended to enable up-and-coming talents to achieve and professionally develop their artistic excellence and musical vision.”
The selection process was carried out in two stages: after reviewing 69 selected applications, the Siemens Arts Program and the Karajan Academy invited three finalists to each lead a rehearsal with a chamber orchestra made up of members of the Karajan Academy, and then speak with the jury in a follow-up discussion at the Berlin Philharmonic on June 9, 2024. The jury consisted of Andrea Zietzschmann, General Manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Eva-Maria Tomasi, Orchestra Board Member and member of the 2nd Violin Group of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Stefan Dohr, Orchestra Board Member and Principal Horn of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Stefan Schweigert, Principal Bassoonist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Simon Rössler, Managing Director of the Karajan Academy and Percussionist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as the Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program, Stephan Frucht. 
Simon Rössler, Managing Director of the Karajan Academy, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dayner Tafur-Díaz, a new conducting scholarship holder, to the Karajan Academy. By working on concerts and projects at the Karajan Academy and with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the scholarship offers aspiring conductors the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the work of experienced conductors and musicians and to learn from them. I would like to thank the Siemens Arts Program for supporting this two-year scholarship.”
The Siemens Conductors Scholarship was supported for the first time in 2021. At that time, the winners were Christian Blex and Oscar Jockel.
The Siemens Arts Program is active in the fields of music, the visual arts, and cultural education, and sees itself as a creative platform for company-sponsored projects in the arts and culture. It creates innovative projects with outstanding individuals and institutions throughout the arts and culture scene.
One important aim of the program is to nurture excellent new rising talent worldwide. It does so by sponsoring its own emerging talent competitions and forging links between young artists and established international cultural institutions, such as the Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Salzburg Festival, and the ARD International Music Competition.

Press pictures

The panel members together with the three finalists (f.l.t.r): Stefan Schweigert, Simon Rössler, Andrea Zietzschmann, Stephan Frucht, Anna Isabella Handler, Dayner Tafur-Díaz, Luka Hauser, Eva-Maria Tomasi, Stefan Dohr.
The winner of the Siemens Conductors Scholarship 2024: Dayner Tafur-Díaz
Dayner Tafur-Díaz with musicians of the Karajan Academy
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