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 edition of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition will take place from 27 February to 1 March 2021 at LSO St Luke's and the Barbican Centre in London.

Update on 4 June 2020
Following requests from a number of applicants we have extended the deadline for applications to the 16th Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition by six weeks to 6pm BST on Thursday 13 August. This extra time is offered to candidates who have found it impossible to prepare the video clips required for their application during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns around the world. We understand that it will be difficult for some to provide footage with a large ensemble and will be happy to accept applications showing applicants performing with smaller groups of players. We hope that this extension allows as many young conductors as possible to apply to take part in the Competition.

Applications are now open, click here for full details and to apply.

Full competition rules

The 2018 Competition

The Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018 took place at the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 20 to 22 November 2018, with the live final held in the Barbican Hall on Thursday 22 November.

download video Watch an extract of the Competition on

Felix Mildenberger

Felix Mildenberger wins the 2018 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition
Photo: Doug Peters

Audience vote
The Audience Poll took place through out the evening of the Final. Alexander Colding Smith was the favourite in the poll.

Felix Mildenberger
Harry Ogg
Alexander Colding Smith

Congratulations to the 20 conductors selected from the applications to the competition. Find out more about each of them:

> Read more about the 2018 Competition

> Meet the 2018 candidates


The 2016 Competition

The 2016 competition took place on 15–17 November 2016. The winner was Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann.

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann with The Duke of Kent

> Photo gallery