The search of a new chief conductor seems to be a lottery for every major orchestra. He (or she) shall be young and talented, as well as expierenced. A hard worker on the orchestral repertoire and – of course – on the artistic success of the orchestra. Orchestras do hope to find a diamond before others and before he (or she) becomes a shooting star who will be soon in the roaster of one of the globaly acting agencies.
Gustavo Dudamel had got his international kick off after beeing awarded with the price of the Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav-Mahler-Competition in 2004. The next conductors generation from Venezuela is at the start: Christian Vásquez. Askonas Holt has signed him already. Another hot candidate for an international career is Canadian born Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who will leave Rotterdam for the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2012. A topic recommendation might be the Ossetian born conductor Tugan Sokhiev, chief of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He has a great potential and some major European orchestras were competing on him. He takes over the post as chief of German Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in Berlin. Another straight tip could be James Gaffigan, winner of the Sir-Georg-Solti-Competition and chief of Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland) since January 2010. The 1973 French born Jérémie Rhorer was voted “Discovery of 2008” by French music critics. In 2010 he makes his debut at the Salzburg Festival and with the Saxonian Staatskapelle Dresden. At least you should keep the name of the young British conductor Andrew Gourlay (born 1982) in mind, who won the 10th International Conducting Competition in Spain and assists at the Hallè Manchester. Keep your eyes on Venezoelan born José Luis Gómez Rios (32), who was awarded the 1st price of International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Francfort (Germany).
The young conductor Pietari Inkinen should be kept in mind, too. Successfull chief of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a great violin player, who will make an international carreer.
My personal choice and recommendation is Cornelius Meister from Germany. The 30 years old conductor (and fantastic piano player) from Heidelberg is taking over the Vienna Radio Orchestra in fall 2010. He will do it big soon, for sure.