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Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Chloé van Soeterstede

Chloé van Soeterstede is from France. A trained violist, she studied Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2015 to 2017. She regularly assistants François-Xavier Roth in France and has worked with several major conductors including Vasily Petrenko and Sir Mark Elder. Chloé is also founder and chief conductor of the Arch Sinfonia.

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Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Jack Sheen

Jack (25) is a conductor and composer based in Manchester, and is currently a Junior Fellow in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2018/19, Jack returns to Aldeburgh's Britten-Piers Young Artist Scheme, tours to New York and Copenhagen with contemporary music ensemble Apartment House and will be assistant conductor to Thomas Adès

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Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Harry Ogg

Harry Ogg (27) is from London and is currently completing his Master's in Orchestral Conducting in Weimar. He made his Longborough Festival Opera debut in 2018 and is currently assisting Tomá Hanus on Prokofiev’s War and Peace at Welsh National Opera. Harry has previously worked with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic as well as with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

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Meet our DFCC 2018 candidates: Teddy Poll

Teddy (29) recently joined San Francisco Opera as a conducting fellow, and recently finished his tenure as a Rita E Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Muisc, where he studied with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recently, Teddy has conducted in performances and workshops with Opera Philadelphia, the Glimmerglass Festival and the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.

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Two years on: In conversation with Niklas Benjamin Hoffman

In 2016, Niklas Benjamin Hoffman became the winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, after conducting the LSO in the Competition's final concert at the Barbican. In the two years since, he has worked with the Orchestra as Assistant Conductor while establishing a diverse freelance career as a conductor. We talked to Niklas about what happens over the three days of the Competition and what his advice is to the conductors who’ll be stepping onto the podium later this month.

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