The young Australian takes silver in the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition.

On the heels of his recent first-prize success in Italy’s Luigi Mancinelli Opera Conductors’ Competition, young Australian maestro Daniel Smith has taken Second Prize in the final of the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt. The 30-year-old is the first Australian to win a major prize in the prestigious competition, which this year attracted more than 400 applicants from 70 countries.

In a public concert broadcast and webcast live around Europe, Smith conducted Weber’s  Euryanthe Overture and the second suite from Ravel’s  Daphnis et Chloé.

“I was a sweaty pig afterwards but as Solti himself said, if you aren’t soaking wet after 30 minutes, you aren’t insidethe music!” he laughed.

He narrowly conceded First Prize to Lin Daye, principal conductor of  the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, while Third Place went to American Brandon Keith Brown.

Smith receives €10,000 and concert engagements with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and other orchestras in Europe.

“There were very big names competing,” he said, “So, it’s a real honour to be chosen to be here and it was a pleasure...