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Previous Winners


Previous winners

2016

Winner
Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann

Jury Final Round
Lennox Mackenzie LSO Sub-Leader, Chairman of the Jury
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Gennady Rozhdestvensky conductor
Dame Felicity Lott soprano
Carlo Rizzi conductor
Antonio Pappano conductor
Rachel Gough LSO Principal Bassoon

2014

Winner
Elim Chan

Jury Final Round
Lennox Mackenzie LSO Chairman, Chairman of the Jury
Daniel Harding LSO Principal Guest Conductor
Mauro Bucarelli Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Xian Zhang conductor
Vladimir Spivakov conductor
Patrick Harrild LSO Principal Tuba
Bertrand de Billy conductor

2012

Winner
Alexandre Bloch

Jury Final Round
Lennox Mackenzie LSO Chairman, Chairman of the Jury
Mauro Bucarelli Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Imogen Cooper pianist
Andrew Marriner LSO Principal Clarinet
Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
Nikolaj Znaider violinist and conductor
Christine Pendrill LSO Principal Cor Anglais
Jonathan Vaughan Head of Music, Guildhall School

2010

Winner
Clemens Schuldt

Jury
Martin Cotton Non Voting Chairman
Mauro Bucarelli Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Paul Daniel CBE conductor
Rachel Gough LSO Principal Bassoon
Gabor Ötvös conductor
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conductor

2008

Winner
David Afkham

Jury
Martin Cotton Non Voting Chairman
Sir Richard Armstrong, CBE conductor
Mauro Bucarelli Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Andrew Marriner LSO Principal Clarinet
Tamás Vásáry conductor
Maxim Vengerov violinist

2006

Winner
Michal Dworzynski

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
Mauro Bucarelli Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Dame Anne Evans DBE soprano
Patrick Harrild LSO Principal Tuba
Gerard Schwarz conductor
Yuri Temirkanov conductor

2004

Winner
Fabien Gabel

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
Mauro Bucarelli Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
János Fürst Paris Conservatoire
Patrick Harrild LSO Principal Tuba
Jan Latham-Koenig conductor
Michel Plasson conductor

 

2002

Winner
Christophe Mangou

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
Mauro Bucarelli Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Jane Glover conductor
Patrick Harrild LSO Principal Tuba
Leif Segerstam conductor
Vassily Sinaisky conductor

2000

Winners
Pablo Gonzalez and François-Xavier Roth

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
James Macmillan composer and conductor
Carlo Majer conductor
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor
Moray Welsh LSO Principal Cello

1998

Winner
Paul Mann

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
Mark Elder CBE conductor
Andrew Litton conductor
Carlo Majer conductor
Andrew Marriner LSO Principal Clarinet
Pinchas Steinberg conductor

1996

Winner
Tommaso Placidi

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
Daniele Gatti conductor
Gervase De Peyer LSO Principal Clarinet
Carlo Majer conductor
Thomas Martin LSO Principal Double Bass
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conductor

1994

Winner
Emmanuel Plasson

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
James Blair conductor
Jacques Lonchampt Music critic, Le Monde
Carlo Majer conductor
Hans Priem-Bergrath Principal Viola, Berlin Philharmonic
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conductor

1992

Winner
Timothy Lole

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
Rodney Friend Royal College of Music
Edward Greenfield Chief music critic, The Guardian
Carlo Majer conductor
Neville Marriner, CBE conductor
Carlo Rizzi conductor

1991

Winner
Andrew Constantine

Jury
Lord Birkett Non Voting Chairman
James Blair conductor
Carlo Majer conductor
Carlo Rizzi conductor
Christopher Grier Music Critic, Evening Standard
Eric Thompson OBE Royal Philharmonic Society

About the Competition


About the competition

The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition was founded over twenty five years ago in 1990 by Donatella Flick. The Competition’s principal aim is to bridge the gap between conservatoire training and professional life for emerging young conductors.

In 1996 a unique partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra was forged and since 2012 the administration of the competition has been undertaken by the LSO.

In addition to an award of £15,000, the winner of the Competition 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.

For the 2016 Competition, Welsh National Opera have additionally offered the opportunity for the winner to work with the Company as an Associate Conductor for the 2017/18 season. This will include the opportunity to assist Tomás Hanus or Carlo Rizzi, and guest conductors; to receive mentoring and coaching; and the opportunity to conduct youth and outreach performances. 

The 2016 Competition was held in London from 15–17 November 2016.

Achievements

The achievements of Donatella Flick and the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition are numerous. They were recognised by the jury of the Pro-European Foundation for Culture when she received the European Project Award for Music in Copenhagen in September 2000 and, in 2002, the Wilhelm Furtwängler Prize for her continuing encouragement of young conductors in this competition.

In October 2006 Donatella Flick was awarded the Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, presented by Carlo Ciampi and in June 2007, she received the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, which was established in 1992 to honour and support patrons of the arts who have given exceptional time and energy to artists and their work. In April 2011 Donatella Flick became a member of the Olave Baden-Powell Society in recognition for her major support of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Competition Rules


Competition rules

  1. All participants must be under the age of 35 on the first date of the Competition (i.e. 15 November 2016)
  2. All participants must be citizens of the 28 countries having full membership of the European Union (list of EU countries on the EU website).
  3. After the application deadline the selection panel will shortlist 20 candidates in early June 2016, who will be informed of the results in July 2016. The selected participants will be invited to take part in the competition in London. 
  4. Rounds 1 and 2 will take place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra; the final round will take place at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra.
  5. 20 conductors will be selected to enter Round 1, with 10 of those selected at the end of the day for Round 2. The three finalists chosen for the Final Round will be announced at the end of Round 2.
  6. 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 is drawn by lot at the end of Round 2.
  7. If you have applied before and not been successful you may only apply two more times, assuming you are still within the age limits.

Application requirements

  1. You must scan and upload an image of your passport's information page for verification purposes.
  2. Please prepare a video of yourself conducting. The video must be no shorter than 15 minutes and should contain at least three contrasted pieces which include the beginning and end of works. Candidates should be visible from an orchestral musician's point of view.
  3. The video should be uploaded to YouTube. Please ensure that your video is set as Public or Unlisted - we will not be able to watch it if it is set to Private. Please enter the link in the format http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxx (NB not https)
  4. You will need to submit a short biography (max. 5000 characters), which should include your recent place(s) of study and/or the name of your teacher(s) as well as a concise list of recent and forthcoming engagements.​
  5. Entry costs £50, payable using either a Paypal account or credit card. You will be taken to the payment page once you have submitted your application form. Please note that we will not be able to process your application until payment has been received.

Repertoire

Round 1
(Approx. 15 minutes for each of the 20 candidates)

SCHUBERT Symphony No 5
HAYDN Symphony No 99
STRAVINSKY Concerto in Eb ('Dumbarton Oaks')

Round 2
(Approx. 30 minutes for each of the 10 candidates)

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 2
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
ELIZABETH OGONEK As though birds
DUNCAN WARD P-Paranoia

Final
(drawn by lot at the end of Round 2; rehearsed am & pm with LSO on day 3, final performance 7pm)

VERDI The Force of Destiny Overture
ELGAR Enigma Variations
RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances

The 2016 Competition


The 2016 competition took place on 15–17 November 2016 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Barbican Hall in London.

The competition is open to conductors under the age of 35 who are citizens of the 28 countries having full membership of the European Union.

> Full competition rules

From the applications received, 20 conductors were selected to enter Round 1; 10 of those will be selected for Round 2. Three finalists were chosen for the Final Round.

The Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra was the orchestra for Rounds 1 and 2, taking place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Rounds 1 and 2 were not open to the public. The Final took place in the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra in front of a public audience.

Shortlist: Round 1

15 November 2016

The 20 conductors shortlisted for Round 1 of the 2016 competition were:

Vlad Agachi (Romania)
Victor Aviat (France)
Georgios Balatsinos (Greece)
Jonathan Brandani (Italy)
Jordan Gudefin (France)
Kerem Hasan (UK)
Hermes Helfricht (Germany)
Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann (Germany)
Kaapo Ijas (Finland)
Alexandre Jung (France)
Guntis Kuzma (Latvia)
Francois Lopez Ferrer (Spain)
Ben Palmer (UK)
Simon Proust (France)
Andris Rasmanis (Latvia)
Jaume-Blai Santonja Espinos (Spain)
Christopher Stark (UK)
Ektoras Tartanis (Greece)
Vlad Vizireanu (Romania)
Jan Wierzba (Poland)

 

Round 2

16 November 2016

The 10 conductors, chosen at the end of Round 1 and who competed in Round 2 of the competition, were:

Georgios Balatsinos (Greece)
Hermes Helfricht (Germany)
Kerem Hasan (UK)
François Lopez Ferrer (Spain)
Kaapo Ilas (Finland)
Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann (Germany)
Jan Wierzba (Poland)
Vlad Vizireanu (Romania)
Victor Aviat (France)
Ektoras Tartanis (Greece)

 

Final Round

17 November 2016

The three finalists, chosen at the end of Round 2, were:

Kerem Hasan (UK)
Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann (Germany)
Vlad Vizireanu (Romania)

Winner

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann (Germany)


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Repertoire

Round 1
SCHUBERT Symphony No 5
HAYDN Symphony No 99
STRAVINSKY Concerto in Eb ('Dumbarton Oaks')

Round 2
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 2
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
ELIZABETH OGONEK As though birds
DUNCAN WARD P-Paranoia

Final Round
VERDI The Force of Destiny Overture
ELGAR Enigma Variations
RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances

Jury

Rounds 1 and 2
Lennox Mackenzie LSO Sub-Leader, Chairman of the Jury
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Gennady Rozhdestvensky conductor
Dame Felicity Lott soprano
Carlo Rizzi conductor
Rachel Gough LSO Principal Bassoon

Final Round
Lennox Mackenzie LSO Sub-Leader, Chairman of the Jury
Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Gennady Rozhdestvensky conductor
Dame Felicity Lott soprano
Carlo Rizzi conductor
Antonio Pappano conductor
Rachel Gough LSO Principal Bassoon

Follow the Competition online

15–17 November 2016

Throughout the three days of Competition violinist, producer and presenter Nicole Wilson followed the progress of each candidate, giving us her insight into how each fared.

> Follow Nicole's blogs and videos from the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition on Bachtrack

Prize

The winner is awarded £15,000 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.

In addition, one of the competition finalists will be offered the chance to work will work with the Welsh National Opera as an Associate Conductor for the 2017/18 season. This will include the opportunity to assist Tomás Hanus or Carlo Rizzi, and guest conductors; to receive mentoring and coaching; and the opportunity to conduct youth and outreach performances.

Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition


The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, created by Donatella Flick in 1990, aims to help a young conductor establish an international conducting career, bridging the gap between conservatoire training and professional life.

The winner of the competition is offered, in addition to an award of £15,000, the opportunity to become Assistant Conductor of the LSO for up to one year. The competition is open to conductors under the age of 35 who are citizens of the 28 countries having full membership of the European Union.

> Full competition rules

The 2016 Competition

The 2016 competition took place on 15–17 November 2016 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Barbican Hall in London.

The winner of the 2016 competition is Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann with The Duke of Kent

> Full details of the 2016 Competition including the shortlisted candidates
> Photo gallery
> Read the story of the Competition as it unfolded