Yamaha Music announce UK and Ireland Brass and Woodwind Scholarship finalists

Yamaha logoFollowing live auditions at the Birmingham Conservatoire earlier this month (December 8) Yamaha are delighted to announce the names of the thirteen young musicians who will perform at the UK and Irish finals in February. The finalists will be competing for one of the four €2000 awards.

The judging panel at the auditions, comprising David Purser – recently retired Head of Brass at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and Jenni Phillips, Head of Woodwind at the Conservatoire, were impressed with the skills and passion displayed by the applicants.

Founded in 1989, the acclaimed pan-European Yamaha Music Scholarship scheme operates in thirty-one European countries and has now provided over 850 scholarships, worth over one million Euros. Many Yamaha scholars have progressed to develop outstanding careers in performance and education. Alumni include saxophonist Amy Dickson, euphonium player David Childs, and pianists Eduard Kunz and Sasha Grynyuk.

The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe is a non-profit-making charity dedicated to supporting talented music students and providing valuable performance platforms for emerging musicians. The financial assistance may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies. The rewarded discipline rotates each year.

The Yamaha Scholarship programme takes applications from students under 25 years-of-age who are studying music full-time at a higher education institute.

Yamaha’s Charles Bozon comments, “The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe provides a perfect opportunity for talented musicians to prove themselves, receive professional feedback and, if awarded, to benefit from financial support. Yamaha invites all music students to participate and, in so doing, provides an opportunity that could be the starting point for a promising career.”

The Irish finals will take place at the DIT Conservatory of Music in Dublin on 12th February and the UK finals will be held at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London on 20th February.

The full listing is as follows:

Brass & Woodwind Scholarships 2015

UK Finalists

Sarah Bennett                               Flute                    Royal Academy of Music

Imogen Hancock                          Trumpet             Royal Academy of Music

Juan Javier Serrano Garcia       Euphonium       Royal Northern College of Music

Bronte Hudnott                             Flute                    Royal Academy of Music

Fulvio Capra                                  Flute                    Royal Academy of Music

George Ellis                                  Tuba                   Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Ryan Sullivan                                Bassoon            Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Camilla Marchant                         Flute                    Royal College of College

Jonathan Quaintrell-Evans        French Horn      Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Irish Finalists

Meadhbh O’Rourke                     Flute                    DIT Conservatory of Music

Hannah Miller                               French Horn      Royal Irish Academy of Music

Miriam Kaczok                              Flute                    Royal Irish Academy of Music

Amy Gillen                                     Flute                    Royal Irish Academy of Music

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