Nestlé and the Salzburg Festival share an equal passion for quality. The constant striving for outstanding performance and a combination of tradition and innovation are the basis of our success. Every day, we offer people all over the world food of the highest quality. The Salzburg Festival, on the other hand, offers nourishment satisfying another need, as the Festival’s founder Max Reinhardt said so rightfully: “Art and culture are always akin to food – they are the other bread.”
Another area which is very important to both the Salzburg Festival and Nestlé is support for young people and young artists. Since the very beginning of our commitment to the Salzburg Festival in 1991, our activities have focused on this area.
With the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”, a unique initiative throughout the world, we wish to discover young conductors from all over the world and contribute to their careers in a major way. The Award, which we presented for the first time in 2010, has given all its recipients so far – David Afkham from Germany (2010), Ainārs Rubiķis from Latvia (2011), Mirga Gražinydté-Tyla from Lithuania (2012), Ben Gernon from Great Britain (2013), Maxime Pascale from France (2014) and Lorenzo Viotti from Switzerland (2015) – a significant impulse for their young careers.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A.