Hallé Youth Orchestra Music Director
Bulgarian-born Delyana Lazarova won the inaugural Siemens-Hallé International Competition in February 2020 and began her two-year engagement as the 8th Assistant Conductor for the Hallé, which also includes the role of Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra, in September 2020.
Delyana was the winner of the NRTA Conducting Competition in Tirana in 2019 and that year also received the James Conlon Conducting Prize at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival. She has twice been the recipient of the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship for the Cabrillo Festival in California. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, under Johannes Schlaefli.
Delyana has worked with orchestras in Europe and the USA, notably the London Classical Soloists, the Hradec-Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra in Czech Republic, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in Greece, Meiningen and Konstanz Symphony Orchestras in Germany, Estonian Festival Orchestra and Aspen Festival Orchestra. She has attended masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, and Cristian Mâcelaru.