A teacher from a Kings Langley school has won first prize in an internationally renowned competition.
Claudio Di Meo, who teaches at the Rudolf Steiner School, was awarded first prize for his work conducting the London Classical Soloists at a competition coordinated by Achim Holub, the world’s leading organiser of conducting masterclasses.
Along with 16 other entrants, Claudio was given the opportunity to conduct his own selection from specific Mozart and Schumann symphonies during the event, which took place in London last month. Each entrant was then asked to lead a 95-minute session on the podium, where they worked with the London Classical Soloists, a world-class orchestra, before partaking in two concerts, one of which was formally judged for the competition.
Claudio said he was delighted to have won.
He commented: “To be able to conduct alongside such incredible talent from all over the world was rewarding in itself, but to then be awarded first prize is truly amazing, I’m honoured. I have learned a lot from the other conductors there and the London Classical Soloists, and I’m eager to share my knowledge with my students.”
Tim Byford, principal of RSSKL added: “Claudio’s success follows many years as an accomplished pianist, as well as his experience conducting the Dacorum Youth Orchestra, Lumina Choir, and in the Kings Langley Concerts series. We’re really lucky to have him at Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley and we wish him all the best for his recently published original classical music score, Memories – Ten Pieces for Piano Solo.”