Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced its new music scholarship holders for 2013-2014. Naufal Mukumi (piano) has been confirmed as the 2013-14 recipient of the prestigious Loveday Scholarship, Daniel Casimir (jazz double bass) is the new Savile Club Scholar, and Julia Weatherley (soprano), Erica Jones and Steven East will receive new Robinson Hearn Scholarships for Voice.
Born in Uzbekistan, Naufal Mukumi (pictured) began his piano studies at the age of seven. He has just completed his BMus (Hons) in piano performance at Trinity Laban under Head of Piano Deniz Gelenbe, and is going on to study for his Postgraduate Diploma under the scholarship.
The Loveday Scholarship was founded in 2010 through an endowed gift, establishing one of the most prestigious scholarships at Trinity Laban. This highly competitive award is available on an annual basis, to a postgraduate student studying or proposing to study at Trinity Laban, who demonstrates exceptional talent, but who is in need of financial support to continue his or her studies. The Loveday Scholarship is available to UK and international music students.
Jazz bassist and new Savile Club Scholar Daniel Casimir graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was taught by Miles Davis' legendary former bassist Dave Holland. An active participant in London's vibrant jazz scene, Daniel is about to begin an MMus at Trinity Laban.
The Savile Club supports the arts and sciences through frequent cultural events, and by helping those who are starting out in these fields. It has a longstanding informal relationship with Trinity Laban, and set up the scholarship for the first time in 2012.
Chairman of the Savile Club, Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson, said: "In the Savile Club tradition of encouraging and supporting young artists, we are delighted to have set up this new scholarship, to help at a time when educational funding in these fields from other sources has become much more difficult."
Julia Weatherley, who has been awarded a new scholarship from Robinson Hearn, is a vocalist studying for a Masters at Trinity Laban under Alison Wells. She has participated in masterclasses with numerous world-class musicians and performed in prestigious venues across London, including the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery. Julia is also undertaking the MMus Mentor Scheme at the Royal Opera House and is a Student Ambassador for Trinity Laban.
Two other Robinson Hearn vocal scholarships have been awarded to Independent Study Programme students Erica Jones and Steven East.
Trinity Laban's Director of Music, Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, said: "Trinity Laban is extremely grateful to its donors for these most generous awards, and is delighted to be able to offer financial help to these outstanding and deserving young musicians."