The Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Competition 2010

Join Trinity Laban at St John's, Smith Square for performances by some of the most outstanding emerging young musicians as they compete for the Isabelle Bond Gold Medal, the Conservatoire's most prestigious award for solo music performance.

Marking the beginning of the new academic year, the annual competition celebrates the success of leading performers from the previous year's cohort.  Competitors are nominated by the Conservatoire's Heads of Studies for their exceptional musical flair and professionalism. The finalists are:

French-born recorder player Elen Le Foll, who received a scholarship to study on the BMus course at Trinity Laban. She spent the third year in Germany on the Socrates-Erasmus scheme, and is now living there as an active chamber musician and teacher.  This year, Elen competed as a finalist in Trinity Laban's Early Music Competition with both the Cantemir Düet and Sine Nomine ensembles.

Russian violinist Ilya Movchan, who is currently on the two-year Masters Programme at Trinity Laban as a Golubovich Scholar. He previously studied at Moscow Conservatory and has performed recitals in Russia, Norway, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Egypt, and Austria.

Pianist Alice Pinto, who held a scholarship at the Royal College of Music Junior Department before gaining her first class BMus (Hons) from Trinity Laban. During her degree, Alice was a finalist in every internal competition she has entered and was awarded the Anthony Lindsay Piano Prize at the end of her first year. She continues her studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

Flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg, whose recent competition successes include First Prize in The Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition and the Harold Clarke Woodwind Competition; Joint Winner of the British Flute Society's Young Artist Award; three prizes at the North London Music Festival and a National Gallery 'Performing through Art' prize.

Salisbury-born mezzo soprano Emma Watkinson, who played Nancy in Trinity Laban's recent production of Albert Herring under Steuart Bedford. Other operatic credits include the title role in Handel's Giustino; Dido (Hampstead Garden Opera) and roles with Winterbourne, Pavilion and Dorset Opera. She will take up a full scholarship at the Flanders Opera Studio in Belgium in October.

Lewis Wright, jazz vibraphonist and drummer. Lewis has performed in venues including The Barbican, The Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House and Ronnie Scott's, and has recorded with artists including Melody Gardot, Tunde and Catherine Feeny. He plays in bands including Empirical, Treehouse, Holler, and the Clark Tracey Sextet as well as with his own Quartet.

The origins of this competition date back to 1905, when the Tallis Gold Medal was presented to Isabelle Beatrice Bond in recognition of her outstanding mark in the Trinity Licentiate Diploma examination. Desmond Farley, Isabelle's son, inherited the medal and generously returned it to the Conservatoire in her memory. The first Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Award Competition was held in 2000.

For press information, images and interviews, please contact Rosanna Chianta on [email protected] or 020 8305 9520

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