Violinist Elena Abad has won the prestigious 2019 Trinity Laban Gold Medal award.

The 2019 Gold Medal Showcase took place at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room on 28 January. Elena Abad performed Fritz Kreisler's Recitativo and Scherzo, Op.6 as well as her own arrangement of Freddie Mercury's Bohemian Rhapsody to win both the Gold Medal and the Audience Prize.

Elena, from Spain, has recently completed her MA Music in Violin. While studying at Trinity Laban, she was a Trinity College London Scholar, Violet Wright Scholar, Beatrice Taylor Scholar, and Helen Roll Scholar.

2019 Adjudicators

The Adjudicators for the 2019 Trinity Laban Gold medal were the multi-award winning trumpeter Alison Balsom OBE, and the Managing Editor of Classic FM and Smooth Radio Sam Jackson

Alison Balsom   Sam Jackson

Previous Gold Medal winners

The 2018 medal was awarded to pianist Iyad Sughayer, who has subsequently recorded the Khachaturian Piano Music (BIS Records, to be released in 2020). Iyad joins an illustrious list of recent Gold Medal winners, many of whom enjoyed great success in recent years: baritone James Newby (2017) received Glyndebourne’s prestigious John Christie Award and is a BBC New Generation Artist 2018-2020, jazz pianist Elliot Galvin (2014) was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2017 alongside fellow alumni, and soprano Nardus Williams (above, 2015) is performing with Houston Grand Opera Studio.

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James  Elliot  Nardus

Annual Showcase

The annual Gold Medal Showcase celebrates outstanding young Trinity Laban musicians.

Competitors are nominated by the Heads of each Faculty of Music Department for their exceptional musical flair and professionalism, and all receive a Trinity Laban Director’s Prize for Achievement in recognition of this.

The 2019 finalists performing alongside the winner Elena Abad (Violin) were: Ben Ramsden (Composer), Laura Barnard (Musical Theatre), Ewan Wright (Tenor Saxophone), Sayaka Aoki (Piano), Sahra Gure (Jazz Voice), and Anna Rea (Soprano).

Iyad Sughayer plays piano