Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018: Final


Thu 22 Nov 2018 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

The three finalists’ repertoire and running order is drawn by lot at the end of Round 2 on 21 November.

WAGNER Prelude: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No 2
KODÁLY Dances of Galánta
Jury retires and winner announced

Finalists (announced at 6pm on 21 November):
Felix Mildenberger
Harry Ogg
Alexander Colding Smith

Vadim Repin violin
London Symphony Orchestra

Lennox Mackenzie Chair
Sian Edwards
Tadaaki Otaka
Christine Pendrill
Vadim Repin
François-Xavier Roth
Yan Pascal Tortelier
Gareth Davies LSO Chairman

Tickets: £26 £22 £16

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£5 under-18s tickets available

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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Three finalists tackle a daring programme in the hopes of being crowned winner and named LSO Assistant Conductor. 

Be the first to see the stars of the future as they compete in the Grand Final of the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Created by Donatella Flick in 1990, the competition helps talented young conductors establish an international conducting career, bridging the gap between training and professional life – with previous winners including LSO Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth.

The three finalists will be judged by a panel of internationally renowned performers, and will conduct a challenging programme of some of the most iconic orchestral repertoire. For the first time in the competition they will also be joined onstage by a soloist, with Vadim Repin performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto.

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Earlier Rounds

Prior to the final, 20 shortlisted candidates will compete across two days of intense heats taking place in Milton Court Concert Hall with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra. On the day of the Final, the three selected finalists will then take their first rehearsals in the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The heats and rehearsals are free to attend for those who have tickets to the Final and access is open to any or all sessions. Please note that entry will be on a first come, first served basis due to limited capacity.

Rounds 1 & 2, Milton Court Concert Hall
Tue 20 Nov 10–11.15am | 11.45am–1pm | 2.30–3.45pm | 4.15–5.30pm
Wed 21 Nov 10–11am | 11.30am–1pm | 2.30–4pm | 4.30–5.30pm
Milton Court will open from 9.30am

Final rehearsals, Barbican Hall
Thu 22 Nov 10.30am–1.30pm | 2.30–5.30pm
Seating will be in the Circle, via doors 6 and 7 on Level G

Ticket collection
If you have yet to receive your Final tickets and wish to attend these sessions, the Advance Box Office desk at the Barbican Centre (Mezzanine level) will be open for collections from 9.30am each day.


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