The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's apprentice conductorship has been awarded to David Reiland, aged 31, from Belgium, who secured the prize after beating four other short-listed candidates from across Europe.The self governing OAE players judge the Melgaard OAE Young Conductor competition and the apprentice benefits from the Orchestra's constructive criticism on their conducting skills over the coming year. This is the fifth year of the Melgaard OAE Young Conductor scheme - and remains one of very few conducting apprenticeships in the UK.
OAE viola player Nick Logie, Mentor to the apprentice, commented: "There is a tremendous passion and intensity to David's conducting. He's very self-effacing but the moment he starts this intensity becomes evident - it really seems to matter to him to get results. It felt very natural to take David on this time. We've never had anyone as tenacious and it says so much about him and the OAE that he really wanted to be with us."
During the 50 minute audition he conducted the Orchestra in Arias from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Haydn's London symphony. As well as close mentoring by OAE musicians, the apprentice learns from several distinguished conductors, including newly appointed OAE Principal Artist, Sir Mark Elder who recently led the Orchestra in the BBC4 Series Symphony, who joined the OAE for a performance of Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet in February, and Sir Simon Rattle, long standing Principal Artist, with a programme of Paure, Ravel and Debussy in June. …