As applications opened today for the 15th Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, it has been announced that the final round of the Competition, when three finalists conduct the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican competing for a £15,000 prize, will be streamed live for the first time on medici.tv. Vadim Repin will perform as concerto soloist in the final round, as well as serving on the jury and all three rounds will be open to the public for the first time, giving fascinating insight into the art of conducting. The Competition also announced changes to its application criteria, opening it up to four new countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, and reducing the age limit for applicants from 35 to 30.
Donatella Flick awards £15,000 for career development to the winner of the Competition who becomes the LSO’s Assistant Conductor for at least one year, which will give them the opportunity to learn on the job with one of the world’s finest orchestras, and gain invaluable insight from its illustrious family of conductors, including François-Xavier Roth, Gianandrea Noseda, Michael Tilson Thomas and Sir Simon Rattle.
A panel comprising leading conductors and musicians will judge the Competition. For rounds one and two they are conductors Sian Edwards, Tadaaki Otaka and Yan Pascal Tortelier, violinist Vadim Repin, LSO Principal Cor Anglais Christine Pendrill, and Lennox Mackenzie, violinist and the LSO’s Sub-Leader, who will chair the panel. For the final round, Vadim Repin will for the first time judge the finalists from the stage, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2 before rejoining the jury for deliberation. Music Director of the Royal Opera House Sir Antonio Pappano and François-Xavier Roth, the LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor and the winner of the 2000 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, will join the jury for the final round.
Applications are open to anyone under the age of 30 who is a citizen of an EU member state, including the UK, or Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. From the applications received, a shortlist of 20 young conductors enters round one (20 Nov 2018), and 10 in round two (21 Nov 2018), all conducting the Guildhall School’s Symphony Orchestra, before three finalists compete for the top prize, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican on 22 November.
Donatella Flick, the Competition’s founder, said: “We have thought very carefully about how best my competition can benefit young conductors, and this is why we have decided to change the criteria for applications, broadening reach, while also ensuring that it is conductors at the very start of their careers who benefit. I am delighted to partner with medici.tv for the first live stream of the Competition, and also to allow the public into the preliminary rounds. I believe that the more we can open up music-making to the world, the more people will be as enthralled and inspired by it as I am, so I’m really pleased that so many more people will have the opportunity to see the finalists in action next year. Finally I want to thank the extraordinary conductors and musicians who are on the judging panel, as I know each of them will inspire everyone who takes part. I wish everyone who enters the very best of luck!”
Hervé Boissière, the Founder and Managing Director of Medici TV, said: “Discovering young talent has always been in the DNA of medici.tv, either through filming the very first concerts of rising stars or supporting new faces in the various international competitions we have broadcast in the past. Becoming the broadcast partner of the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting Competition is a very great honour and an exciting challenge for us: to showcase worldwide live for the first time the best batons of the next generation.”
Donatella Flick founded the biennial Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in 1990 and has worked every year since then to ensure that it benefits everyone who takes part. Through it, she aims to help a young conductor establish an international conducting career. The Competition’s principal aim is to bridge the gap between conservatoire training and professional life for emerging young conductors. The winner of the 2016 Competition was Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann.
For full details of the 15th Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, including the application process, please visit: http://lso.co.uk/conductingcompetition