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Updates Autumn 2021

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Our students have been incredibly busy since the summer, with a number of high-profile competition successes and appointments in the industry. Here is just a small selection of their achievements.

Competition successes

Huge congratulations to Alim Beisembayev (MPerf2) and Thomas Kelly (MPerf1), who were prizewinners at the Leeds International Piano Competition on 18 September. Alim won First Prize, as well as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Award for the best performance of contemporary music and the medici.tv Audience Prize, and Thomas took home Fifth Prize.


Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Scholar Marie Sato won the 69th Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition Solo Wind & Brass Section Prize on Tuesday 24 September. Marie’s success follows on from previous years, with the last four winners of the ROSL Woodwind Prize all from the RCM.

RCM Chamber Music Fellows the Echéa Quartet have also achieved success at the 29th ROSL Annual Music Competition, winning the String & Keyboard Ensemble Prize.

Jacky Zhang (BMus1) was awarded Fourth Prize of €7,000 at the Classic Piano Competition as part of the 14 Ways to Dubai International Piano Competition in September.

Tenor Dafydd Jones (MPerf1) was awarded the Thierry Mermod Prize for singers at the Verbier Festival this summer.

Artist Diploma student Philipp Scheucher won Second Prize at the 16th International Beethoven Piano Competition in October. He has also been announced as a quarter-finalist for the Honens International Piano Competition, Canada, taking place in October 2022 (postponed from 2021). He will compete alongside RCM alumni Daniel Evans, George Harliono and Danilo Mascetti.

Congratulations to first-year Composition student and former Junior Department student Chelsea Becker, who has won the Seniors category in this year's BBC Young Composer Competition.


Pianist Antonio Morabito (MPerf2) has a achieved a number of competition successes, winning First Prize at the International Youth Music Competition in Atlanta, USA; Second Prize at the Young Musician International Competition City of Barletta; Second Prize at the Brussels International Music Competition; Third Prize at the International Moscow Music Competition, Russia; and Third Prize at the ‘San Donà di Piave’ Piano International Competition.

BBC Proms

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason performed Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement with the Chineke! Orchestra as part of the 2021 BBC Proms, in a programme that also included music by RCM alumnus Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

New appointments

This season, Ondřej Soukup (MMus2) made his debut with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic at Prague's famous Rudolfinum. Later this season, he will debut with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, and assist Jac van Steen with the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. He has also been appointed Music Director of King's College London Symphony Orchestra, and Resident Student Conductor with the University of London Symphony Orchestra.

John Paul Jennings (MPerf2) has been appointed Assistant Conductor with Fulham Opera, beginning with Strauss's Die Ägyptische Helena and continuing with Verdi’s La Forza del Destino and Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Doctoral student Alex Ho has been announced as an LPO Young Composer 2021/22, and will receive a premiere of one of his works at the Southbank Centre in 2022. Alex has also been appointed Artist-in-Residence at Montpellier National Opera this season.


Composer Jorge Ramos (DMus) has received support from the Portuguese Ministry of Culture to develop the piece for bass clarinet and electronics. He was also selected to represent the city of Braga in this year's ‘City to City’, an initiative that encourages the creation of new pieces of art through artistic collaborations. The project is created by the UNESCO Creative Cities network, of which Braga is an integral part since 2017 as holder of the title of Creative City by UNESCO for Media Arts.

On social media

Thank you to everyone who entered our #RCMSummerSnaps competition! Congratulations to our winner Tannaz Beigi (BMus1), who gave the first harp recital at Vahdat Hall in Tehran and submitted this beautiful shot of her performance.

We were delighted to welcome students back for Freshers’ Week in September:

Risa Michelle Sekine (MPerf2) shared her experience of performing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in September:

 
 
 
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