MARIE SATO WON THE 69TH ROSL ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION SOLO WIND & BRASS SECTION PRIZE ON TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER AND WAS AWARDED £5,000 AND A SOUGHT-AFTER PLACE AT THE GOLD MEDAL FINAL ON 24 NOVEMBER 2021. AMONG FOUR SOLOISTS, MARIE’S COMMITTED PLAYING WON OVER THE AUDIENCE AND JURY ALIKE.
This year’s line up for the Section Final saw four different instruments on display; Aaron Akugbo trumpet, Lewis Banks saxophone, Lewis Graham clarinet, and Marie Sato flute, who battled it out for the £5,000 prize and made for a very exciting evening of musicmaking. The adjudicators Gavin Henderson CBE, Carol Jarvis, Chi-Yu Mo, and Geoff Parkin 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.
Marie Sato was chosen as the Section Final winner and recipient of the The Dyers Company Award for Wind, Brass & Percussion in memory of Lady Barbirolli for exceptional technical ability and musicality. Born in London in 2000, Marie is currently studying with Adam Walker (flute) and Stewart McIlwham (piccolo) as a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Scholar at the Royal College of Music. Previously, she was a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where she won first prize in numerous competitions there, including the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition, and has performed the Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Junior Department Symphony Orchestra. She was a woodwind category finalist in both the 2016 and 2018 BBC Young Musician competitions, and also won the 2018 RPS-Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalists.
Given the exceptional talent of the competition last night, Aaron Akugbo also took home the Philip Jones Prize for exceptional Brass Playing, worth £1,000.
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:
- 14 September: Brass, Wind and Percussion – winner Marie Sato flute
- 21 September: Singers
- 28 September: Keyboard
- 5 October: Strings
- 12 October: Ensemble A (Strings)
- 19 October: Ensemble B (Mixed)
- 26 October: Overseas Award
- 24 November: Gold Medal Final
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