Flautist Daniel Shao shone on the Princess Alexandra Hall stage in the first section final of the 2024 ROSL Annual Music Competition.


Last week, British-Chinese flautist Daniel Shao became the first section final winner of the competition, taking home £5,000 and the first of our four soloists who will proceed to the Gold Medal Final, which will take place at Wigmore Hall in June this year.

In the first section final of the 2024 Royal Over-Seas League’s Annual Music Competition, four soloists competed in the Wind and Brass section final. Sophia Schambeck recorder, Ewan Millar oboe, Adam Lee clarinet and Daniel Shao flute delighted the crowd in the busy Princess Alexandra Hall. The adjudicators Gavin Henderson CBE, Carol Jarvis, Geoff Parkin and Chi-Yu Mo had the difficult task of choosing the winner and the soloist who will go onto compete for the Gold Medal and a further £15,000.

Daniel Shao was chosen as the Section Final Winner and was awarded the Dyers Company Award for Wind, Brass & Percussion in memory of Lady Barbirolli (the exceptional oboist, and chair of the panel of adjudicators of the ROSL Annual Music Competition for nearly twenty years). Daniel Shao is a British-Chinese flautist who enjoys a varied freelance career, performing and recording with ensembles including the Philharmonia London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as having been an adjudicator for the National Youth Orchestra. Daniel was joined onstage by the brilliant Kumi Matsuo for the spellbinding performance. 

This year, ROSL has continued to partner with Making Music to offer our section final winners the chance to join the Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artist Award (PDGYA) for one year. As winner of the Wind and Brass Section Final, Daniel will be featured in the new Recommended Artist Guide, and have the opportunity to be booked for performances with Making Music’s member promoters.

Catch up on Daniel's prizewinning performance and the electrifying section final here:

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