LSO Conducting Competition shortlist unveiled

Twenty young European conductors have been shortlisted for the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.

The competition attracted a total of 225 applications from 25 countries. Round one will see the shortlisted candidates perform at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on 6 December, after which 10 candidates will progress to round two.

Following the second round, just three candidates will make it through to the final on 8 December. The finalists will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in a public concert at the Barbican, and will be judged by a panel including LSO chairman Lennox Mackenzie, conductor Daniel Harding, and LSO’s principal tuba Patrick Harrild.

The overall winner will receive GBP15,000 (€18,780), and will become assistant conductor with the LSO for a year.

The shortlisted candidates are:

Joseph Bastian (French)
Gabriel Bebeselea (Romanian)
Jonathan Bloxham (British)
Elim Chan (British)
Danko Drusko (German)
Mihhail Gerts (Estonian)
Dominic Grier (British)
Rafal Janiak (Polish)
Ciarán McAuley (Irish)
Giuseppe Montesano (Italian)
Francesco Pasqualetti (Italian)
Christian Reif (German)
Giancarlo Rizzi (Italian)
Jiri Rozen (Czech)
Azis Sadikovic (Austrian)
Juan Pablo Simon Monje (Spanish)
Daniele Squeo (Italian)
Zoi Tsokanou (Greek)
Christopher Ward (British)
Johannes Zurl (German)

Image: 2012 finalist Stamatia Karampini © Kevin Leighton

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