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Conducting the orchestra with Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition attended the final of the competition and presented the award to the winner at the Barbican Centre on Monday evening.


Considered as one of the major international competitions for young conductors in Europe, its goal is to help young conductors launch and cultivate their international conducting careers.

The winner is awarded £15,000 by Donatella Flick and the chance to work as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) for one year.

Over 200 applicants form 28 countries entered this year’s competition.

The final round on Monday evening saw three finalists conducting the LSO.

Charles met with the competition supporters at a reception during the interval and deliberations. Mrs Flick escorted the Prince backstage to meet with the finalists before Charles went on stage to announce this year’s winner.

Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade were the contestant’s repertoire for the competition.

Also in attendance for the vent were the Duke of Kent and Prince Micheal of Kent.


Lennox Mackenzie, Chairman of the LSO; Daniel Harding, conductor; Xian Zhang, conductor; Pierre Boulez, conductor and composer; Bertrand de Billy, conductor; Mauro Bucarelli of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Vladimir Spivakov, conductor and Patrick Harrild, LSO Principal Tuba comprised the final round jury.

Established by Donatella Flick in 1990, the biennial Donatella Flick Conducting Competition began its inaugural year under the patronage of Prince Charles.

Photo Credits: James Brookes 2014

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