The 2018 Competition

The 2018 competition took place on 20–22 November 2018 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Barbican Hall in London.

The competition is open to conductors aged 30 or under (as of 20 November 2018) who are citizens of the 28 countries having full membership of the European Union, plus those from Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.

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From the applications received, 20 conductors are selected by a panel to enter Round 1; a Jury selects ten of these for Round 2. From these, three finalists are chosen for the Final Round.

The Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra will be the orchestra for Rounds 1 and 2, taking place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The Final will take place in the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Winner

The winner of the 2018 Competition is Felix Mildenberger.

Audience Vote

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

Watch the Competition on demand

The Final was live streamed on Medici.tv and is available to watch on demand.

Shortlist: Round 1

20 November 2018

The 20 conductors shortlisted for Round 1 of the 2018 competition are:

Maciej Kotarba
Chloé van Soeterstède
Jordan Gudefin
Sándor Károlyi
Pak Lok Alvin Ho
Anton Holmer
Felix Mildenberger
Valentin Egel
Hermes Helfricht
Chloé Dufresne
Thomas Goff
Jacob Joyce
Johanna Malangré
Katharina Wincor
Teddy Poll
Bertie Baigent
Alexander Colding Smith
Jack Sheen
William Le Sage
Harry Ogg

Meet the 2018 candidates

 

Round 2

21 November 2018

The 10 conductors, chosen at the end of Round 1 to compete in Round 2 of the competition, are:

Harry Ogg
Chloé Dufresne
Anton Holmer
Hermes Helfricht
Felix Mildenberger
Jacob Joyce
Bertie Baigent
Jordan Gudefin
Alexander Colding Smith
Maciej Kotarba

 

Final Round

22 November 2018

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

Felix Mildenberger
Harry Ogg
Alexander Colding Smith

Timetable

Round 1, Milton Court Concert Hall
Tue 20 Nov 10–11.15am | 11.45am–1pm | 2.30–3.45pm | 4.15–5.30pm

Round 2, Milton Court Concert Hall
Wed 21 Nov 10–11am | 11.30am–1pm | 2.30–4pm | 4.30–5.30pm

Final Round rehearsals, Barbican Hall
Thu 22 Nov 10.30am–1.30pm | 2.30–5.30pm

Final Round, Barbican Hall
Thu 22 Nov 7–9pm

Repertoire

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.

Round 1
MOZART Symphony No 36 'Linz'
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings
STRAVINSKY Danses Concertantes

Round 2
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 4 'Italian'
JAMES MACMILLAN Tryst

Final Round
WAGNER Overture: Die Meistersinger 
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 2 (soloist: Vadim Repin)
KODÁLY Dances of Galanta

Jury

Rounds 1 and 2
Lennox Mackenzie LSO Sub-Leader, Chairman of the Jury
Sian Edwards Conductor
Tadaaki Otaka Conductor
Christine Pendrill LSO Principal Cor Anglais
Vadim Repin Violinist
Yan Pascal Tortelier Conductor

Final Round
Lennox Mackenzie LSO Sub-Leader, Chairman of the Jury
Sian Edwards Conductor
Tadaaki Otaka Conductor
Christine Pendrill LSO Principal Cor Anglais
Vadim Repin Violinist
François-Xavier Roth Conductor and former Competition winner (2000)
Yan Pascal Tortelier Conductor

Prize

The winner is awarded £15,000 by Donatella Flick 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.