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 28 countries with full membership of the European Union, plus those in Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.

> Full competition rules

The 2018 Competition

The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018 will take 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 at 7pm. 


You ticket for the final also gives you access to attend the preliminary rounds on 20 & 21 November (Milton Court) and final rehearsals on 22 November (Barbican). Full details will be sent with your ticket.

Congratulations to the 20 conductors selected from the applications to the competition, who will take part in Round 1 on 20 November:

Maciej Kotarba, 27, Poland
Chloé van Soeterstède, 29, France
Jordan Gudefin, 29, France
Sándor Károlyi, 28, Switzerland/Austria
Pak Lok Alvin Ho, 25, UK
Anton Holmer, 27, Sweden
Felix Mildenberger, 28, Germany
Valentin Egel, 23, Germany
Hermes Helfricht, 26, Germany
Chloé Dufresne, 26, France
Thomas Goff, 25, UK
Jacob Joyce, 25, Germany
Johanna Malangré, 28, Germany
Katharina Wincor, 23, Austria
Teddy Poll, 29, Germany
Bertie Baigent, 23, UK
Alexander Colding Smith, 29, Denmark
Jack Sheen, 25, UK
William Le Sage, 28, France
Harry Ogg, 27, UK

> Read more about the 2018 Competition

> Meet the 2018 candidates


The 2016 Competition

The 2016 competition took place on 15–17 November 2016. The winner was Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann.

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann with The Duke of Kent

> Photo gallery
> Read the story of the Competition as it unfolded