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17-year-old conductor Alex Prior has been appointed Assistant to the Guest Conductors of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
The newly created position will see Alex step in at the last minute when a guest conductor is unable to conduct a rehearsal or performance.
Alex is one of the youngest conductors to hold such a prestigious conducting position. He was the youngest conductor ever to win the runner-up award in the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, and is also the only Brit to be chosen to take part in the Mahler Conducting Competition in Germany in February 2010.
It was the Channel 4 series ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’ which propelled Alex to fame. Seattle Symphony Board Chair, Leslie Jackson Chihuly says they ‘look forward to nurturing his artistic development’ in this next phase of his career.
Alex will conduct the Northern Sinfonia in a programme of Elgar, Grieg and Sibelius on 20 January at The Sage, Gateshead. He will appear at the Barbican on 8 April with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the four young virtuosos with whom he performed on Channel 4.