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Alexandre Bloch

The winner of the 2012 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition is Alexandre Bloch from France. HRH The Duke of Kent, Donatella Flick and an international jury awarded him the prize following a public concert on Sunday 30 September 2012 at Barbican Hall, London UK. Bloch conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Weber's overture Der Freischütz, the 'Dialogue du vent et de la mer' from Debussy's La mer and three scenes from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

Bloch receives a prize of 15,000 pounds to support a period of specialist study and concert engagements, and as a key part of his prize, will work as assistant conductor with the LSO for one year following the competition. During this period, he will work with the LSO and principal conductor Valery Gergiev, president Colin Davis and various guest conductors, in preparation of concerts. He will also participate in LSO Discovery, the orchestra's education programme.

Born in 1985, Alexandre Bloch studied cello, composition and conducting at Orléans and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he is currently completing a masters degree in conducting in Zsolt Nagy's class.

He has conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre d'Auvergne, the Janácek Philharmony (Ostrava), the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire de Paris and the Royal College of Music Orchestra. He founded the Orchestre Antipodes in 2011.

In March 2012, he became Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, working with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras and the Manchester Camerata. For a production in October 2012, he will work with Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as assistant conductor. He is an elected Laureate of the SYLFF (Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund) Tokyo Foundation.

Ben Gernon from Great Britain and Stamatia Karampini from Greece were the other two finalists who conducted the LSO on 30 September at the Barbican.

The international jury comprised: Lennox Mackenzie (LSO Chairman and chairman of the jury), Andrew Marriner (LSO Principal Clarinet), Antonio Pappano (Music Director of the Royal Opera House), Nikolaj Znaider (violinist and conductor), Imogen Cooper (pianist), Mauro Bucarelli (Artistic Administrator of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) and Christine Pendrill (LSO Principal Cor Anglais).

Inaugurated in 1990 under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales, the biennial Donatella Flick Conducting Competition aims to advance the careers of young conductors and help the winner to establish an international conducting career. The competition is open to candidates under the age of thirty-five who are citizens of the European Union.

In the 2012 competition, twenty conductors were short-listed from over 180 applicants by an independent selection panel. During the first two days of the competition, the short-listed candidates conducted the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra before the jury selected three finalists.

Information: www.conducting.org

Posted: 12 October 2012 by Dvora Lewis Public Relations

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