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Credit: Benjamin Ealovega

"His control of rubato and the sensitivity he displayed to different colors combined to produce a performance that kept the audience hooked from the first measure to the last"

"His contact with the musicians is very effective. After the melancholic, finely graduated introduction, he lets the storms rage and concisely elaborates Mendelssohn's changing impressions of nature."

Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung



Winner of the Salzburg Festival Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award in 2021, Joel Sandelson is a conductor building an international reputation for his dynamic performances and insightful, distinctive interpretations. 

At home in a wide range of symphonic works, he has particularly strong connections to the music of Classical and Romantic composers from Haydn and Mozart to Schumann and Brahms, as well as later 19th-century and early modernist repertoire, including Mahler, Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Elgar, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Also a keen advocate for contemporary composers, this season he conducts premieres of works by Hannah Kendall and Joanna Marsh.

"It was magnificent how he repeatedly chiselled glowing drama out of the stream of melancholy tones [...] The RSO Vienna [was] visibly taken by this conductor"

DrehPunktKultur Salzburg

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