What was the application process for the DFCC like for you?
I was student at the CNSMDP in Paris. I saw an advertisement of the competition and sent in a video.
How did you prepare for the Competition, both musically and mentally?
I worked very hard but I never imagined that I would get through to the 1st round. Thanks to my teacher János Fürst, I focused on the rehearsing well with the orchestra.
How would you describe your experience of the Competition and what were the main things you learned from the DFCC?
They were ideal conditions: excellent student orchestra, nice people organizing and an amazing last day with the LSO! I learned to be confident with conducting, which was new for me.
How did you feel on the day of the final round?
I was very afraid to meet the LSO and then very surprised by their kindness and support. It was an exciting day. I realised that I could really maybe become a conductor.
How did it feel having only one short rehearsal on the day with the LSO?
It was perfect. A young conductor should not have too much time with a first class orchestra!
How did you approach this to use your time to best effect?
It was part of my training. An essential part of being a good conductor is using your time well.
What might you do differently now, with more experience?
I would do the same, I think.
How has winning the DFCC helped you to advance your conducting career?
It has helped a lot but at the same time it didn’t speed up the things too quickly. It was an ideal situation because I had time to develop myself.
What has been your greatest achievement since winning the DFCC?
I find it difficult to answer that question!
What advice would you give to future DFCC candidates?
You should prepare 300% and try to anticipate every possible situation. Be yourself and realise what your role should be.