The 2021 Competition

The 2021 competition took place at LSO St Luke's in COVID-secure conditions on Friday 21– Sunday 23 May 2021.

The competition was open to conductors who are aged 30 or under who are citizens of the UK, countries having full membership of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Switzerland.

> Full competition rules

From the applications received, 20 conductors were selected by a panel to enter Round 1. After the first day of competition a Jury selects ten of these for Round 2. From these, three finalists will be chosen after the second day for the Final Round.


Congratulations to the winner, Julio García Vico!

The Audience Poll took place throughout the evening of the Final. It was a close-run poll, but the audience's choice was Chloe Rooke.


The three finalists were:

Martijn Dendievel
Chloe Rooke
Julio García Vico


The 10 conductors who were selected to take part in day 2 of the competition were:

Martijn Dendievel
Chloé Dufresne
Nicolò Foron
Julio García Vico
Victor Jacob
Nicolas Kierdorf
Nils Erik Måseidvåg
Teresa Riveiro Böhm
Chloe Rooke
Jonathan Stark


The 20 shortlisted conductors who began day 1 of the competition were:

Felix Benati, 24, France
Teresa Riveiro Böhm, 30, Austria/Spain
Martijn Dendievel, 24, Belgium
Chloé Dufresne, 29, France
Nathaniel Efthimiou, 28, Finland
Ka Hou Fan, 30, Macau/Portugal
Nicolò Foron, 22, Germany/Italy
Thomas Goff, 28, United Kingdom
Victor Jacob, 29, France
Jacob Joyce, 27, Germany
Nicolas Kierdorf, 25, Germany
Johannes Marsovszky, 26, Germany
Paul Marsovszky, 26, Germany
Nils Erik Maseidvag, 27, Norway
Chloe Rooke, 23, United Kingdom
Harry Sever, 28, United Kingdom
Nikita Sorokine, 29, France
Jonathan Stark, 25, Germany
Julio Garcia Vico, 28, Spain
Agata Zajac, 25, Poland

> Read the press release
> Meet the competitors


Participants are asked to prepare all repertoire. For Rounds 1 and 2 they will be told their repertoire immediately before taking the stage. The three finalists’ repertoire and running order will be drawn by lot at the end of Round 2.

Round 1
HAYDN Symphony No 86
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 8
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll

Round 2
MOZART Piano Concerto No 24 in C Minor K491 (soloist: Michael McHale)
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A Minor Op 129 (soloist: Rebecca Gilliver)

Final Round
VERDI Nabucco – Overture
BRAHMS Variations on the St Anthony Chorale
DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op 72


Lennox Mackenzie OBE Chairman of the Jury
David Alberman LSO Chairman
Andrew Constantine
Sian Edwards
Rachel Gough
James MacMillan
Carlo Rizzi

Watch the Competition live stream

The Final was streamed live on and is now available on demand for 90 days – free to watch (free account required)


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The winner is awarded £15,000 by Donatella Flick and will have the opportunity to become Assistant Conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra for up to one year.

During this time with the LSO the successful conductor will work with the LSO’s Principal and guest conductors on the preparation of concerts, often on the assessment of new scores, take part in the LSO’s education and outreach programme, LSO Discovery, accompany the orchestra on tour and, should the opportunity arise, conduct the LSO in concert.

WNO Associate Conductor in collaboration with the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2021
Welsh National Opera is delighted to continue its association with the Competition by offering one of the Finalists the opportunity to join the Company as WNO Associate Conductor for the 2022/23 Season. Previous WNO Associate Conductors have included Competition Finalists Kerem Hasan and Harry Ogg. The WNO Associate Conductor will have the opportunity to work with WNO’s Music Director, Tomas Hanus, as well as on a range of productions, concerts and engagement activity in Cardiff and at some of the Company’s touring venues in Wales and England.