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 aged 30 or under who are citizens of the countries with full membership of the European Union, plus those in Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and the UK.

The 2021 Competition

The 2021 Competition will take place at LSO St Luke's in COVID-secure conditions on 21–23 May 2021.

Congratulations to the 20 shortlisted conductors.
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The 2018 Competition

The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018 took place at the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 20 to 22 November 2018, with the live final held in the Barbican Hall on Thursday 22 November.

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Felix Mildenberger

Felix Mildenberger wins the 2018 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition
Photo: Doug Peters

Audience vote
The Audience Poll took place through out the evening of the Final. Alexander Colding Smith was the favourite in the poll.

Felix Mildenberger
Harry Ogg
Alexander Colding Smith