Germany, 38 y.o.
The Russian-born German conductor Sergey Neller was one of four selected conductors who participated in masterclasses with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam under the direction of Daniele Gatti. His other mentors include such luminary figures as Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Simon Rattle and David Zinman, with whom he worked in orchestral masterclasses with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Switzerland).
He came to the attention of the classical music world as the Second Prize Winner of the 2016 Gustav Mahler Conducting Com- petition hosted by the Bamberg Symphony in Germany.
Recent highlights include debuts with the Prague National Theatre (Czech Republic), Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (Switzerland), Ulster Orchestra (United Kingdom), Philharmonie Zuidnederland (Netherland), Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Oulu Sinfonia (Finlande), Mariinsky Theatre (Russia), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Ostrava (Czech Republic), and Nürnberger Symphoniker (Germany).
As a composer, Sergey was the recipient of the renowned Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation Award, during which period he composed his first opera ‘Tintagiles’ and premiered it at the Helikon-Opera in Moscow. He also won international piano competitions in Austria, Bulgaria, Italy and the United States, and given concerts throughout Europe, North America and Australia.