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.