The 2021 Competition

The 2021 competition will take place on Saturday 27 February – Monday 1 March 2021 at LSO St Luke's in London.

The competition is open to conductors who will be aged 30 or under on Monday 1 March 2021 who are citizens of the UK, countries having full membership of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Switzerland.

> Full competition rules

From the applications received, 20 conductors will be selected by a panel to enter Round 1; a Jury selects ten of these for Round 2. From these, three finalists will be chosen for the Final Round.

We are excited to welcome the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra as the orchestra for Rounds 1 and 2, taking place at LSO St Luke's. The Final will take place at LSO St Luke's with the London Symphony Orchestra.


Congratulations to the 20 shortlisted conductors:

Felix Benati, 24, France
Teresa Riveiro Böhm, 30, Austria/Spain
Martijn Dendievel, 24, Belgium
Nathaniel Efthimiou, 28, Finland
Ka Hou Fan, 30, Portugal
Nicolò Foron, 22, Germany/Italy
Thomas Goff, 28, United Kingdom
Victor Jacob, 29, France
Jacob Joyce, 27, Germany
Nicolas Kierdorf, 25, Germany
Johannes Marsovszky, 26, Germany
Paul Marsovszky, 26, Germany
Nils Erik Maseidvag, 27, Norway
Chloe Rooke, 23, United Kingdom
Joel Sandelson, 26, United Kingdom
Nikita Sorokine, 29, France
Jonathan Stark, 25, Germany
Gabriel Venzago, 30, Germany
Julio Garcia Vico, 28, Spain
Agata Zajac, 25, Poland

> Read the press release


Participants are asked to prepare all repertoire. For Rounds 1 and 2 they will be told their repertoire immediately before taking the stage. The three finalists’ repertoire and running order will be drawn by lot at the end of Round 2.

Round 1
Saturday 27 February 2021
HAYDN Symphony No 86
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 8
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll

Round 2
Sunday 28 February 2021
MOZART Piano Concerto No 24 in C Minor K491
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A Minor Op 129

Final Round
Monday 1 March
VERDI Nabucco – Overture
BRAHMS Variations on the St Anthony Chorale
DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op 72


Rounds 1 and 2
Lennox Mackenzie OBE Chairman of the Jury
Ivor Bolton
Danielle De Niese
Sian Edwards
Rachel Gough
James MacMillan
Vassily Sinaisky


The winner was awarded £15,000 by Donatella Flick and will have the opportunity to become Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra for up to one year.

During this time with the LSO the successful conductor will work with the LSO’s Principal and guest conductors on the preparation of concerts, often on the assessment of new scores, take part in the LSO’s education and outreach programme, LSO Discovery, accompany the orchestra on tour and, should the opportunity arise, conduct the LSO in concert.

Audience Vote

The Audience Poll will take place throughout the evening of the Final. 

Watch the Competition on demand

The Final will be streamed live. Full details will be announced nearer the time.