The winner of this year's annual Trinity Laban Soloists' Competition is MMus Piano student Gen Li. The final of the prestigious competition was held at Blackheath Halls recently.
Around 80 of the Faculty of Music's most talented performers participated in a preliminary round of the competition in December, before the three finalists competed in the penultimate round in early February.
One of the most popular events in the Trinity Laban music calendar, the finalists competed to win the opportunity to perform a concerto of their choice with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 25 June 2014.
Accompanied by Lin Lin, Gen Li delivered a winning performance of Prokoviev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26.
Gen Li won the 2nd Chinese Young Musician Competition at age 13, and he was also awarded Silver Prize in the Young Asian Musician Competition in the same year. In 2011 Gen was awarded the first prize in Poros International Piano Festival in Greek, and has performed many solo recitals around the world.
After graduating with a BMus from the Royal College of Music, Gen came to Trinity Laban in 2013 as a TCVL Scholar to begin his Master's degree with the Head of the Piano Department, Deniz Gelenbe. Gen is also the recital pianist and Artistic Director in Musington Music Company.
The other finalists were Ryan Hume, trombone, performing Tomasi's Trombone Concert and Alvise Pascucci, piano, performing Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18.