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Pick of the Flicks

Fe­lix Milden­berger has won the 15th Donatella Flick Con­duct­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. At the fi­nal at the Bar­bican in Lon­don, the 28-year-old Ger­man im­pressed the judges with his com­mand of works by Wag­ner, Prokofiev and Kodály, win­ning him­self £15,000 and the year-long post of as­sis­tant con­duc­tor at the Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra. His fel­low fi­nal­ists were Harry Ogg, of the UK and Alexan­der Cold­ing Smith from Den­mark.

Phil­har­mo­nia farewell

Maybe one day Milden­berger will take the helm of the Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra? The Lon­don-based en­sem­ble is cur­rently on the look-out for a new mae­stro after its cur­rent prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor Esa-pekka Salo­nen an­nounced that the 2020/21 sea­son will be his last in post. The Finn will be head­ing across the pond where, in an­other re­cently an­nounced move, he is to take over from Michael Til­son-thomas as mu­sic di­rec­tor of the San Fran­cisco Sym­phony in 2020.

Lewis no more

The pi­anist Paul Lewis, mean­while, has an­nounced that he is to step down as co-artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Leeds In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion so that he can con­cen­trate on per­form­ing. Lewis and for­mer Ra­dio 3 edi­tor and pro­ducer Adam Gate­house took over the run­ning of the pres­ti­gious event for the first time this year, mak­ing ma­jor changes to its for­mat. Gate­house will now be in sole charge.

Baltic blast

Martin T:son Engstroem, founder of the ul­tra-plush Ver­bier Fes­ti­val, is to launch a new an­nual event, this time in Latvia. Artists an­nounced for this year’s in­au­gu­ral Riga Jur­mala Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, staged at two venues in the Baltic coun­try, in­clude con­duc­tor Mariss Jan­sons and cel­list Misha Maisky, both born in Riga, plus pi­anists Yuja Wang and Mur­ray Per­ahia.

Win­ning beat: Ger­man con­duc­tor Fe­lix Milden­berger

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