Winners have been announced for the fourth Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, held in Mexico City from September 22 to 27, with a gala finals concert broadcast live on Mexican television. First prize of $10,000 went jointly to Rebecca Miller, resident conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a former League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow; and Lithuanian conductor Vytautas Lukocius. Israeli conductor Yaniv Dinur, currently in his final year of a doctoral program in conducting at the University of Michigan, was awarded a special second prize of $2,000. Co-winners Miller and Lukocius will perform with orchestras in Mexico, South American, and Spain; Dinur will perform with several orchestras in Latin America. The three conductors were chosen from a pool of 103 applicants from 33 countries; sitting on the jury for the competition were Jorma Panula, Gisèle Ben-Dor, and Alun Francis. More information on the competition—sponsored by Instrumenta Oaxaca, the State Government of Oaxaca, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México—is available at The competition is dedicated to the memory of conductor Eduardo Mata, music director of the Dallas Symphony from 1977 to 1993, who died in a plane crash in 1995.

Posted October 14, 2009