Soloists’ Competition winner

MMus student Naufal Mukumi has won the 2015 Soloists’ Competition with Rachmaninov’s Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor.

Congratulations also to the two runners-up, Jade Bulitude, who performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto and Zara Jealous, who performed Reinecke's Flute Concerto.

Naufal will go on to perform the Rachmaninov with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra on 23 June at Cadogan Hall, conducted by Paul Daniel.

The panel was made up of Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, pianist Ashley Wass, and Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Dr Mera-Nelson comments: "All three finalists gave exceptional performances, having already competed against 80 other Trinity Laban students to reach this final round.

“Naufal's performance particularly impressed the panel because of his strong communication skills - every detail and nuance reached the audience and his performance was focussed and committed throughout. We are excited at the prospect of hearing him perform the Rachmaninov with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra next term."

Naufal graduated with a BMus in 2013 with first class honours and the Conservatoire’s Silver Medal Award. He has continued to win a number of significant competitions and prizes, including the Boise Foundation Scholarship and the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition in 2013. His performance of Balakirev’s Islamey was broadcast on Classic FM and he also won the first prize in 16th Santa Cecilia International Piano Competition. Naufal is continuing his performance studies under Professor Gelenbe at Trinity Laban.

Picture credit Roy Cadman