This year’s line-up for the Section Final saw two cellists, a guitarist and a violinist take to the stage; Elodie Chousmer-Howelles violin, Matthias Balzat cello, Jack Hancher guitar and Ben Tarlton cello, who battled it out for the £5,000 prize and made for a varied evening of performances. The adjudicators Leon Bosch, Alice Neary, Geoff Parkin, and Emily Sun 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.
New Zealand Cellist Matthias Balzat studied at Waikato University under James Tennant and graduated at the age of 17. He currently resides in Düsseldorf as a Masters student at the Robert Schumann Hochschule under world renowned Cellist Pieter Wispelwey. Matthias has won prizes in numerous national and international competitions and has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Opus Orchestra, St Matthews Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Wellington Youth Orchestra, New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, Robert Schumann University Orchestra, Waikato University Orchestra, Scotch College Orchestra and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra.
Such was the quality on display, Elodie Chousmer-Howelles was also awarded the £1,000 Len Lickorish Memorial Prize for a String Player of Promise.
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 – winner Matthias Balzat cello
- 12 October: Ensemble A (Strings)
- 19 October: Ensemble B (Mixed)
- 26 October: Overseas Award
- 24 November: Gold Medal Final
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