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Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018 Final

London Symphony Orchestra

Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

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.

Lennox Mackenzie
Sian Edwards
Tadaaki Otaka
Christine Pendrill
Vadim Repin
François-Xavier Roth
Yan Pascal Tortelier

Tickets for this final round will also allow entry into the earlier rounds at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on 20 & 21 November and to the final rehearsal at the Barbican Hall on 22 November. See below for full details.

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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. logo

Barbican Hall