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The AAF/Faber Young Conductors Fellowship

This fellowship provides promising young conductors (age 30 or younger) from the United States the opportunity to spend up to four weeks at the Salzburg Festival observing the world’s leading conductors and artists at work during rehearsals and performances.

Fellows live at Schloss Arenberg, located a mere ten minutes from the Festival Hall, where they are also able to interact with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who are in residence at Schloss Arenberg during July and August.

The Salzburg Festival (“Salzburger Festspiele”), founded in August 1920 by Max Reinhard and Hugo von Hofmansthal, is the benchmark for all festivals worldwide and each year unique opera and concert productions bring together the world’s finest conductors, singers and musicians.

This program is organized by The American Austrian Foundation with support from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, The Salzburg Music Festival and the Young Friends of the Salzburg Music Festival. Funding is provided by AAF Treasurer and Trustee Karl Heinz Faber.

The 2020 The AAF/Faber Fellows are Michelle Di Russo, Leonard Weiss, Mason Lubert and William Garfield Walker. Due to COVID-19, the Salzburg Festival will not permit them to audit rehearsals, but we acknowledge them with $1,000 grant.


2021 Testimonials

Michelle Di Russo


William Garfield Walker


2021 Fellows


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Michelle Di Russo
Arizona State University
Jonathan DeBruyn
University of Oregon


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William Garfield Walker
Royal College of Music, London
Matthew Straw
Eastman School of Music



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