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2018 Yamaha clarinet scholars announced

2018 Yamaha clarinet scholars announced

This article was posted on 25 Mar 2018.

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) recently hosted the UK final of the annual Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship awards. The instrument discipline rotates each year and the chosen instrument this time was the clarinet, attracting students from all over the UK. The three winners, selected from seven finalists, were: Piotr Dec from the Royal Academy of Music; Antonio Perez-Barrera, who studies at the RNCM; and Adam Lee from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The panel of judges comprised clarinettist Heather Nicoll; Andrew Dunn, head of wind, brass and percussion at Trinity Laban; and Nick Thompson, head of wind, brass and percussion at the RNCM.

Each of the winners received €2,000 to be used for the advancement of their studies. They will also gain recognition of their talent through the international profile of the scheme. In addition, Piotr Dec was invited to perform a concerto with the Milton Keynes City Orchestra.

Launched in 1989, these international awards provide performance opportunities and financial assistance to talented music students throughout Europe. The scheme to date has provided over 1,000 scholarships in excess of €1 million. The scholarships rotate between brass, woodwind, piano, strings, percussion and vocal. The programme is open to UK and Republic of Ireland students not older than 25 and currently studying on a full-time music course at a higher education institution.

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