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Elim Chan

Elim Chan

Elim Chan. Photo © Clive Totman

2014 shortlist and finalists

Winner

Announced 8 December 2014

Elim Chan (UK)

Press release:

ELIM CHAN WINS THE 2014 DONATELLA FLICK LSO CONDUCTING COMPETITION
 
The winner of the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition is 28-year-old Elim Chan from the UK. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Competition, presented her with the winner's award following a public concert conducted by the three finalists on Monday 8 December at the Barbican. Elim Chan conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Beethoven’s Overture Egmont, Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The other finalists were Jiří Rožeň from the Czech Republic and Mihhail Gerts from Estonia.

Elim Chan receives the prize of £15,000 donated by Mrs. Flick to support a period of specialist study and concert engagements and another key part of her prize is the opportunity to work as Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra for one year. During this period she will work with the LSO and Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev, Principal Guest Conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding as well as eminent visiting conductors, in the preparation of concerts and the assessment of new scores. She will take part in events for LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s award-winning music education and community programme, and could conduct the LSO in concert.


Inaugurated by Donatella Flick in 1990 under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales, the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition aims to advance the careers of young conductors and help the winner to establish an international conducting career. The Competition is open to candidates up to the age of 35 who are citizens of the 28 member countries of the European Union.   

The distinguished international jury in 2014 consisted of LSO Chairman Lennox Mackenzie (Chairman of the Jury), LSO Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Harding,  conductor Xian Zhang, conductor  Vladimir Spivakov, conductor Bertrand de Billy, Mauro Bucarelli of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and LSO Principal Tuba, Patrick Harrild.

During the course of the Competition, 20 conductors were short-listed from over 200 applicants by an independent selection panel. During the first two days of the Competition the short-listed candidates conducted the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra before the jury selected three finalists.

The previous winners of the Competition have developed very successful international careers. The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition final will be broadcast on Classic FM on Friday 12 December at 8pm, presented by Catherine Bott.
 
For further press information please contact:
Kenny Morrison
Email: kenny@dvoralewis.com
Tel: +44 (0) 7834 061295

Notes to


Elim Chan Biography

Born in Hong Kong, Elim Chan is the Music Director of the University of Michigan Campus Symphony Orchestra. As a recipient of the 2013 Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship, Chan made her debut with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Francophonie as part of the Summer Music Institute with Kenneth Kiesler and Pinchas Zukerman. She has led performances in workshops with the Cabrillo Festival and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras working with Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz and Gustav Meier. Elim Chan previously served as Music Director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra and as Assistant Conductor of the UM Opera Theatre, leading a performance of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. She has worked with the Toledo Symphony, Youth Orchestras of Curanilahue and the Orchestra of Universidad de Talca in Chile. Chan holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Michigan, where she currently studies with Kenneth Kiesler.

Finalists

Announced 7 December 2014

The three finalists will be announced following the conclusion of Round 2. 

Elim Chan (UK)
Mihhail Gerts (Estonia)
Jiri Rozen (Czech Republic)

Round 2 shortlist

Announced 6 December 2014

The 10 candidates selected to progress to Round 2 of the competition will be announced following the conclusion of Round 1.

Gabriel Bebeselea (Romania)
Jonathan Bloxham (UK)
Elim Chan (UK)
Mihhail Gerts (Estonia)
Rafal Janink (Piioland)
Giancarlo Rizzi (Italy)
Jiri Rozen (Czech Republic)
Azis Sadikovic (Austria)
Daniele Squeo (Italy)
Johannes Zurl (Germany)

Round 1 shortlist

Announced 13 June 2014

We are delighted to announce that the following people have been selected to progress through to Round 1 of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition:

Joseph Bastian (France)  
Gabriel Bebeselea (Romania)
Jonathan Bloxham (UK)
Elim Chan (UK)
Danko Drusko (Germany)
Mihhail Gerts (Estonia)
Dominic Grier (UK)          
Rafal Janiak (Poland)           
Ciaran McAuley (Ireland)
Giuseppe Montesano (Italy)
Francesco Pasqueletti (Italy)
Christian Reif (Germany)
Giancarlo Rizzi (Italy)
Jiri Rozen (Czech Republic)
Azis Sadikovic (Austria)
Juan Pablo Simon Monje (Spain)
Daniele Squeo (Italy)
Zoi Tsokanou (Greece)
Christopher Ward (UK)
Johannes Zurl (Germany)

Round 1 will take place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on 6 December 2014.

The shortlist has been selected from a field of 225 entries from 25 across Europe by the selection committee.



 
 
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