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The AAF/Faber Young Conductors Fellowship

The AAF/Faber Young Conductors 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.

The American Austrian Foundation has administered this program since 1998, with support from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, The Salzburg Music Festival, and the Young Friends of the Salzburg Music Festival. It is funded through the generosity of AAF Treasurer and Trustee Karl Heinz Faber and his wife Edith.


2022 Testimonials

Leonard BOPP




2022 Fellows

Leonard Bopp

Leonard BOPP

University of Michigan

Joseph Carlomagno


Manhattan School of Music


1998 - 2022