Flautist Holly Cook, the 2011-12 Richard Carne Junior Fellow for Individuals at Trinity Laban, has just won an Emerging Excellence Award from the Musician's Benevolent Fund.
The awards are open to emerging artists working in any genre of music, to fund an important development opportunity, project or programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on their professional career.
It is the latest triumph for Holly, who graduated with a Master's degree in performance from Trinity Laban in 2009. As part of her studies she was awarded a Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship with Ileana Ruheman, principal flautist of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Whilst studying, Holly was also awarded a Fellowship in Performance and a Licentiate in flute teaching from Trinity College London, and was a finalist in the Harold Clarke Woodwind Competition.
Holly specialises in ethnic and folk inspired works for flute and has given masterclasses at Trinity Laban for flautists and composers, demonstrating both the technical range of a number of instruments, and the possibilities in composing for non-Western flutes within Western composition.
Holly played ethnic flutes for ENO's Musicircus by John Cage, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction in September 2012, as part of Cage's centenary celebrations. As a soloist, Holly has recently been selected as an artist for Making Music's Concert Promoter's Group, for the 2013-2014 season.
A Trinity Laban Junior Fellowship offers a rare and exciting platform to exceptional and aspiring young musicians, providing the support and opportunities necessary to successfully make the leap from full time conservatoire-based study to excellence in the music profession.
These intensive year-long Fellowships provide both ensembles and individuals with the means and the time to enhance their professional skills and contacts, whilst pushing and exploring their own artistic development with the invaluable support of a Trinity Laban mentor.