DAVID ZUCCHI WON THE 69TH ROSL ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION OVERSEAS PRIZE ON TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER AND WERE AWARDED £3,000 FOR HIS OUTSTANDING MUSICIANSHIP.
This year’s line-up for the Overseas Prize, which is awarded to the best musicians competing in the Annual Music Competition from outside the UK, saw three talented soloists take to the stage; Ireland’s Killian White cello, New Zealand’s Sophie Sparrow soprano, and Canada’s David Zucchi saxophone. The adjudicators Sarah Bruce, Geoff Parkin, Helen Sherman and Emily Sunn had the difficult decision of choosing the winner. ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin commented that “David’s abilities were once again on display, with his win in this category following his success in the Mixed Ensembles final as one half of the Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo last week”.
Such was the quality on display, The Tait Memorial Prize and Scholarship for an Outstanding New Zealand Musician was also awarded to soprano Sophie Sparrow, and the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Oustanding Musician from Overseas went to Killian White.
London-based Canadian saxophonist David Zucchi enjoys a varied career as a performer of classical, contemporary, experimental, and improvised music, collaborating regularly across the UK, Europe, and Canada. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music’s Masters and Artist Diploma programmes, where he studied with Kyle Horch as an Edward and Helen Hague Scholar. Recent appearances as a soloist and chamber musician include the Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, London Contemporary Music Festival, Sounds Like This! Festival (Leeds), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Vale de Cambra Music Festival (Portugal), the Glenn Gould Studio, and the Canadian High Commission in London.
- 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) – winners Echéa Quartet
- 19 October: Ensemble B (Mixed) – winners Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo
- 26 October: Overseas Award – winner David Zucchi
- 24 November: Gold Medal Final
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