Clemens Schuldt wins the 2010 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition

Friday 5 November 2010

The winner of the 2010 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition is Clemens Schuldt. HRH The Duke of Kent, Donatella Flick and the distinguished international jury awarded him the prize following a public concert on Thursday 4 November at the Barbican Centre. Schuldt conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of J. Strauss II Overture: Die Fledermaus and Wagner Prelude and Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde).

Schuldt receives the prize of £15,000 to support a period of specialist study and concert engagements and as a key part of his prize, will work as Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra for one year following the Competition. During this period he will work with the LSO and Valery Gergiev, Principal Conductor, Sir Colin Davis, President, and Guest Conductors with whom the LSO will be performing, in preparation of concerts. He will also participate in LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s award-winning education programme.

Clemens Schuldt is a scholarship recipient of the German Conducting Forum. He has appeared with Rheinische Staatsphilharmonie Koblenz, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Göttinger Symphony, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Lugansk Philharmonic, Spirit of Europe Chamber Orchestra and projected work with Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie. He is currently Director of the Schumann Camerata and the orchestra of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and works regularly as an Assistant across the EU.

Kristiina Poska from Estonia and Ken-David Masur from Germany were the other two finalists who conducted the LSO on 4 November at the Barbican.

The distinguished international jury consisted of Mauro Bucarelli of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Roma), Paul Daniel Principal Conductor of the West Australian Symphony, Gabor Ötvös Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile and the Australian Opera, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky whose appointments have included Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Theatre and Chair of Conducting at the Moscow Conservatoire, Rachel Gough Principal Bassoon of the London Symphony Orchestra and Martin Cotton, broadcaster and music writer, Chairman (non-voting).

Inaugurated in 1990 under the patronage of the HRH The Prince of Wales, the biennial Donatella Flick 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 under the age of 35 who are citizens of the European Union.

In the 2010 Competition twenty conductors were short-listed from over 60 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 next Competition will take place in autumn 2012.

For further press information, photographs of winner and finalists, please contact:
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