In the run-up to this year's Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal Final, we are introducing the four soloists competing for the first prize of £15,000. This week, meet British violinist Roberto Ruisi. 

22-year-old Roberto is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with Professor Ani Schnarch, and is described by renowned conductor Vasily Petrenko as ‘one of the leading British violinists of the future’.

In his formative years, he was appointed Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, a position he held for an unprecedented three years, and has gone on to feature as guest Concertmaster of both L’Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin.

As a soloist, Roberto won 1st Prize in the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists competition in 2014, as well as reaching the BBC Young Musician Strings final that year. More recently, Roberto was generously loaned a Stradivarius between 2014-2017, and as an RCM Foundation Scholar has received tutoring from the likes of Pinchas Zukerman and Maxim Vengerov. In June of 2018, Roberto performed as a soloist with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, and will begin his Postgraduate degree in September, with a full scholarship.

In February, he wowed the audience and panel of adjudicators assembled in the Princess Alexandra Hall for the ACM Strings Section Final with his programme of Chausson and Roxanna Panufnik. With just 15 minutes to wow the judges, what repertoire will he choose for the Gold Medal Final?

To find out, book your tickets for the final here, taking place on 30 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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