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Success for Emily

Wednesday 12 April 2017


RCM violinist Emily Sun has won the 2017 Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition.

Emily won the top prize of £6,000 following her outstanding performance in the Finalists’ Concert on 8 April. Following a preliminary round of 51 musicians, Emily was selected as one of three finalists. She played Debussy’s Sonata in G minor, Strauss’ Sonata in E flat and Igor Frolov’s Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. As the competition winner, Emily will perform at the Three Choirs Festival, Bromsgrove Concerts and Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as a concerto with Orchestra of the Swan.

Emily is a Dasha Shenkman Scholar supported by the Mike Rimmer Scholarship, studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky. Commenting on her success Emily said, ‘It was an honour to perform alongside the other talented musicians in this competition. The standard was incredibly high and I am delighted to have won this year’s top prize!’

Previous RCM musicians to have enjoyed success in the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition include cellist Jamal Aliyev, who won in 2015. Jamal is performing Dvoƙák’s Cello Concerto in B minor on 29 and 30 June with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, as part of the RCM’s newly-announced summer season.

The Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition was founded originally as a platform for young talented musicians by Mary White in 1980 on the advice of Dr Donald Hunt, then Artistic Director of the Bromsgrove Festival.