Donatella Flick Conducting Competition

The Donatella Flick Conducting Competition is an international music competition for young conductors, held biennially in London.


The Donatella Flick Conducting Competetition is named after the philanthropist Donatella Flick, who founded the competition in 1990 to help young conductors to establish an international career. In 1996 the competition established a collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra. The winner of the competition, in addition to the cash prize and the concert engagements, becomes assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for one year after the competition.

The jury of the competition is formed of professional conductors and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, and has included names such as Maxim Vengerov, Tamás Vásáry, Andrew Marriner, Leif Segerstam, Yuri Temirkanov, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pinchas Steinberg, Daniele Gatti, Sir Neville Marriner and Carlo Rizzi.

The first round of the competition happens at the Royal Academy of Music with ensembles of the college, and the final is at the Barbican Hall, where the three finalists conduct the London Symphony Orchestra.

The competition has received several awards and prizes, including the Pro-European Foundation for Culture, the European Project Award for Music, and the Wilhelm Furtwängler Prize for its continuing encouragement of young conductors.


Winners of the competition are:
  • Andrew Constantine (1991)
  • Timothy Lole (1992)
  • Emmanuel Plasson (1994)
  • Tommaso Placidi (1996)
  • Paul Mann (1998)
  • Pablo González Bernardo and François-Xavier Roth (2000)
  • Christophe Mangou (2002)
  • Fabien Gabel (2004)
  • Michal Dworzynski (2006)
  • David Afkham (2008)
  • Clemens Schuldt (2010)
  • Alexandre Bloch (2012)
  • Elim Chan (2014)
  • Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann (2016)
  • Felix Mildenberger (2018)