Our 2011-2012 OAE Melgaard Young Conductor was David Reiland, aged 31, from Belgium, who secured the position after beating four other shortlisted candidates from across Europe. 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, David learnt from some of the world’s greatest conductors. These include 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 2012; and Sir Simon Rattle, long standing Principal Artist, with a programme of Faure, Ravel and Debussy in June. David began his journey with the OAE working with Laurence Cummings with a tour of Handel’s Messiah, performed in London, Paris and Utrecht in 2011.
David has worked with the Lucerne Festival (with Pierre Boulez), Sinfonietta Berlin and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra amongst others as guest or assistant conductor. He is also principal guest conductor of the “United Instruments of Lucilin Ensemble” which promotes contemporary music and the creation of new works.
For more information on David Reiland, please visit his website.