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Winner of the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2021, Joel Sandelson is a conductor building an international reputation for his engaging and insightful performances. From 2018 to 2020 he was assistant conductor to Thomas Dausgaard at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and is also director of Wond'rous Machine

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October 2021

Joel signs with Askonas Holt for worldwide representation, where he will be managed by Terry Shew. Read the announcement here.

August 2021

Joel wins the Salzburg Festival's Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award. He was awarded the prestigious prize by an international jury out of 250 applicants, after a semifinal with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and a final concert with the Camerata Salzburg as part of the 2021 Festival. He follows previous winners including Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Ben Gernon, Lorenzo Viotti and David Afkham.

Watch the concert here.

June 2021​

Joel is chosen as a winner designate of the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam. He will return to the Netherlands in 2022 to conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Doelen Ensemble, Rotterdam Symphony Chorus and Sinfonia Rotterdam.

Photo credits: The Hallé, Jon Holloway