RYAN CORBETT WON THE 69TH ROSL ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION KEYBOARD PRIZE ON TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER AND WAS AWARDED £5,000 AND A SOUGHT-AFTER PLACE AT THE GOLD MEDAL FINAL ON 24 NOVEMBER 2021. AMONG FOUR SOLOISTS, RYAN BECAME THE FIRST ACCORDIONIST SINCE 1997 TO REACH THE GOLD MEDAL FINAL.
This year’s line-up for the Section Final saw three pianists and one accordionist take to the stage; Alexander Lau piano, George Harliono piano, Ryan Corbett accordion, and Jinah Shim piano, who battled it out for the £5,000 prize and made for a very exciting evening of performances. The adjudicators Alexandra Dariescu, Geoff Parkin, Sophia Rahman and Martin Roscoe 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.
Scottish accordionist Ryan Corbett was chosen as the Section Final winner and recipient of the £5,000 prize. Currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ryan has performed solo concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Barcelona and Berlin. He is the first accordionist to reach the Gold Medal Final since 1997, and should he go on to win first prize, would become only the second accordionist to win in the competition’s 69-year history, the first since David Preston in 1993.
Such was the quality on display, the adjudication panel also awarded Jinah Shim 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:
- 14 September: Brass, Wind and Percussion – winner Marie Sato flute
- 21 September: Singers – winner Milly Forrest soprano
- 28 September: Keyboard – winner Ryan Corbett accordion
- 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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