Our last soloist has made it through to the Gold Medal Final of the 2020 Annual Music Competition. In a hard-fought Section Final last night, five young musicians battled it out take home the £5,000 Keyboard Prize and a coveted spot in the final.
Taking to the stage in front of a packed audience and jury panel made up of Gavin Henderson CBE, Leon McCawley, Geoff Parkin and Tessa Uys, the first pianist to perform was Bocheng Wang. He chose a programme of Haydn, Chopin and Ravel.
He was followed by accordianist Ryan Corbett, a relative rarity in the AMC, who wowed the audience with works by Scarlatti, B. Lorentzen and Moszkowski.
Pianist Jinah Shim rounded off the first half, performing repertoire by Chopin and Ravel.
After the interval, it was the turn of Yuanfan Yang piano, who played works by Haydn, Y. Yang and Rachmaninov.
Rounding out the evening's exquisite music making was pianist Dominic Doutney, who brought proceedings to a close with a programme of Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Ravel and Chopin.
With a very difficult decision to make, in the end the jury chose Dominic as their winner, congratulations! He now completes the line up of four soloists competing for the Gold Medal on 1 June at the Southbank Centre. He will join Sirius Chau flute, Siân Dicker soprano and Eleanor Corr violin in their bids to win the £15,000 first prize.
Such was the talent on display, the jury decided that Jinah Shim should also win the £1,000 Kerr Memorial Prize, congratulations!
If you can't wait until 1 June for the final, don't worry as we still have two ensemble section finals and the Overseas Prize to award. Check out www.rosl.org.uk/events for full details.