German wins the Flick

Niklas Benjamin Hoffman, 26, was declared winner of the LSO Donatella Flick conducting competition last night.

A student of Nicolas Pasquet, Gunter Kahlert, Markus Frank and Martin Hoff at the Franz Liszt University of Music, Weimar, Niklas is chief conductor of the academic orchestra in Göttingen.

He wins £15,000 and an assistant conductor’s post with the LSO.

Runners up were Vlad Vizireanu of Romania and Kerem Hasan from the UK.

The competition is restricted to citiens of the 28 EU states. The rules may have to change, post-Brexit.

See here for past winners.



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  • Looking at the list of previous winners, the only one that seems to have had a distinguished career conducting “big” orchestras is Roth. Am I mistaken?

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