20 Young Conductors Shortlisted for Donatella Flick Conducting Competition

Elim Chan, 2014 Donatella Flick Competition Winner

20 Young Conductors Shortlisted for Donatella Flick Conducting Competition

Winner will be appointed LSO's Assistant Conductor for a year.

The shortlist of candidates for the 15th Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition has been announced.

The conducting competition was established by the Italian philanthropist in 1990 with the aim of aiding young conductors to develop their careers. The winner of the competition receives a prize of £15,000, and is appointed the London Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor for at least one year.

Past winners include François-Xavier Roth (2000), now the LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor, and Elim Chan (2014), recently announced as chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra 2019–2020, both the youngest person and the first female conductor to hold the role. 

20 conductors under the age of 30 have been selected to take part in the competition in London in November. The 20 conductors will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in a preliminary round (Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky), with 10 selected for the second round (Mendelssohn and James MacMillan). Three finalists will then conduct the LSO with soloist Vadim Repin at a public concert at the Barbican in one movement each of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. 

The shortlisted conductors are: 

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

The final, on 22 November, will be presented by James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone, and live-streamed by Medici TV

For further information, visit https://lso.co.uk/the-2018-competition.html.

Published on 10 August 2018

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