A shortlisted group of 20 candidates, initially chosen from the 225 applicants from all over the European Union, will conduct the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra in the first round on 6 December. From this group, ten will be chosen to progress to the second round on 7 December, and from these the jury selects the three finalists who will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in the Final Concert on 8 December.
The final-round jury on Monday 8 December will be LSO Sub-Leader Lennox Mackenzie (Chairman of the Jury), LSO Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Harding, conductor Xian Zhang, conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, Mauro Bucarelli of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conductor Vladimir Spivakov and LSO Principal Tuba Patrick Harrild. As the jury retires to deliberate the result of the Competition, a short film will be shown in the Barbican Hall, taking the audience through the final week of the competition, with interviews from contenders and the jury.
The biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition was founded in 1990 by Donatella Flick. The Competition’s principal aim is to bridge the gap between conservatoire training and professional life for emerging conductors. In addition to her involvement in the Competition, Donatella Flick presents an award of £15,000 to the winner, who becomes Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra for one year.
During this time with the LSO the successful conductor will work with the LSO’s Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev, Principal Guest Conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding as well as visiting conductors in the preparation of concerts and the assessment of new scores. They will take part in events for LSO Discovery, the LSO’s education and community programme, will accompany the Orchestra on tour and should the opportunity arise, conduct the LSO in concert.
Past winners of the Competition, including David Afkham and François-Xavier Roth, are developing outstanding international conducting careers.
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The Final of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition will take place at a public concert on Monday 8 December at 7pm at the Barbican.
Three finalists will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, each performing Beethoven’s ‘Egmont’ Overture, and movements from Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.