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Performer: Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann


Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann, born in 1990 in Iserlohn (Germany), started his musical education with piano and clarinet lessons. Playing in the Markish Youth Orchestra, he was fascinated by the sound and energy of a full orchestra. While holding an internship at Theater Hagen, he started taking conducting lessons with Prof. Florian Ludwig, general music director of theatre and opera, which led to his first engagement as répétiteur for two opera projects at Theater Hagen.

In 2011, he started studying orchestral conducting with Prof. Nicolas Pasquet, Prof. Gunter Kahlert, Markus Frank and Martin Hoff at the Franz Liszt University of Music, Weimar. He also received important inspiration in masterclasses with Prof. Jorma Panula and Prof. Clark Rundell. He now works with Czech orchestras in Teplice and Hradec Kralové, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar and the Leipzig Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Aside from conducting, he is also a composer, aiming at a spirited interaction between musicians and audience.

Since October 2015 he has been chief conductor of the Akademische Orchestervereinigung (AOV) in Göttingen and in April 2016 he was awarded a Dirigentenforum (Conductors‘ Forum) scholarship, the German Music Council's extensive support programme for young conductors.

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Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann crowned winner of DFCC

The Duke of Kent and Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann © Tristan Fewings | Getty Images
The three finalists of this year’s Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition were selected from the initial 20 candidates in the two earlier rounds.