Dominic Doutney won the 68th ROSL Annual Music Competition Keyboard Section Prize on Tuesday 25 February and was awarded £5,000 and a sought-after place at the Gold Medal Final on 1 June 2020. Among five keyboard soloists, Dominic’s committed playing won over the audience and jury alike.
Five section finalists were chosen from 14 hopefuls during two rounds of preliminary auditions. This year saw four pianists violinists and an accordianist line up for the Section Final; Bocheng Wang piano, Ryan Corbett accordian, Jinah Shim piano, Yuanfan Yang piano and Dominic Doutney piano, who battled it out for the £5,000 prize and made for a very exciting evening of musicmaking. The adjudicators Gavin Henderson CBE, Leon McCawley, Geoff Parkin and Tessa Uys had the difficult decision of choosing the section winner and performer who will go onto the Gold Medal Final to compete for the first prize of £15,000.
Dominic Doutney is studying for his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in London with professors Ian Jones and Dmitri Alexeev. He is the current recipient of the prestigious Reinhold-Blüthner scholarship. In October 2019, he performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto in St John’s Smith Square with the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in November with the Dorset Chamber Orchestra. In June, he performed Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Leipzigersymphonieorchester in the Mendelssohn-Saal at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, to critical acclaim.
Given the closeness of the competition last night, Jinah Shim was also chosen as the recipient of the £1,000 Kerr Memorial Prize.
ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Finals take place each Tuesday 7-9pm at Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR:
- 11 February: Wind and Percussion – winner Sirius Chau flute
- 18 February: Singers – winner Siân Dicker soprano
- 25 February: Strings – Eleanor Corr violin
- 3 March: Keyboard – Dominic Doutney piano
- 10 March: Ensemble A (Strings)
- 17 March: Ensemble B (Mixed)
- 19 March: Overseas Award
- 1 June: Gold Medal Final which will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
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