Cellist Gerard Flotats impressed the panel with some Barber, Fauré and Beethoven in the last solo section final of the 71st year of the ROSL Annual Music Competition.

Catalan cellist Gerard Flotats became the fourth solo section final winner of the competition, taking home £5,000 and claiming the last of four spots in the Gold Medal Final, which will take place at Wigmore Hall on 14th June.

In the last solo section final of the 2023 ROSL Annual Music Competition, four soloists competed in the solo strings final. Gerard Flotats cello, Will Duerden double bass, Ami-Louise Johnsson viola and Maxim Calver cello all impressed the Princess Alexandra Hall Audience but it was the panel of adjudicators Leon Bosch, Hannah Roberts, Emily Sun and Geoff Parkin who had the tough job of choosing the winner and the soloist who will go onto compete for the Gold Medal and a further £15,000.

Gerard Flotats is a Catalan cellist, who moved to the UK aged eight to study at Wells Cathedral School and is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music as an ABRSM scholar. Gerard is an active member of various orchestras and is currently the principal cellist of European Youth Orchestra and is often invited to play with the Spanish National Orchestra ‘ONE’.  

Double Bassist Will Duerden was also awarded the Yorke Trust Prize for Double Bass donated by Rodney Slatford OBE, chairman of the Yorke Trust and long-time friend of the ROSL Annual Music Competition.

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.

If you missed out on this brilliant evening or just would like to hear these brilliant soloists again, you can watch their performances below:


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