Alumnus Scott Voyles named finalist in the prestigious 53rd Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors

 Scott Voyles ZKM 2009Jacobs alumnus Scott Voyles has been named as a finalist for the prestigious 53rd Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. Voyles is one of 20 finalists selected from a competitive pool of 246 international candidates between the ages of 15 and 35. He will conduct the Orchestre Victor Hugo Besançon Franche-Comté and the Orchestre national de Lorraine for the Competition Final to be held on September 15-21, 2013 in Besançon, France.

Voyles received his M.M. in Orchestral and Opera Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, having studied with Imre Palló, Thomas Baldner, David Effron and John Poole. He received a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Music performance as conductor of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie from the HfMDK Frankfurt in 2009. He has since worked with some of the world’s most elite ensembles and soloists, maintaining an active schedule as a guest conductor throughout Europe and the US.

With a repertoire that spans classical, Romantic, 20th century, and contemporary music, as well as oratorio and opera, the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors soon became the most prestigious event of its kind.  Established in 1951 by the Besançon International Music Festival, it boasts a judging panel of renowned conductors including Gerd Albrecht (President of the Jury), Jorma Panula, Jacques Mercier, Jean-François Verdier, Louwrens Langevoort, composer Misato Mochizuki, and classical music critic Christian Merlin.

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