Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, created by Donatella Flick in 1990, aims to help a young conductor establish an international conducting career, bridging the gap between conservatoire training and professional life.

The winner of the competition is offered, in addition to an award of £15,000, the opportunity to become Assistant Conductor of the LSO for up to one year. The competition is open to conductors aged 30 or under who are citizens of the countries with full membership of the European Union, plus those in Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and the UK.

The 2021 Competition

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

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The winner is Julio García Vico, who becomes LSO Assistant Conductor. Congratulations!

Watch the competition on (available on demand until 23 August 2021)


Julio García Vico © MattC rossick

Julio García Vico, after his win at LSO St Luke's on 23 May © Matt Crossick