2018: Adam Possener

RPS-Duet Prize Young Composer Prize winner

Awarded: £1,500 and professional UK commission

Adam Possener (b. 2001) has been composing music of various genres for several years. He has worked under several notable composers including Professor Robert Saxton, Dr Christian Mason, Jonathan Woolgar and Frederick Viner. He is also a graduate of Aldeburgh Young Musicians (Snape Maltings), where he studied with Anna Meredith, Charlotte Bray, Dobrinka Tabakova and John Woolrich.

Originally from Norfolk, and a keen pianist from a young age, Adam's musical life began after taking part in the 'Lang Lang Inspires' project, which culminated in a performance with Lang Lang at the Royal Festival Hall. He currently studies viola with Prof. James Sleigh and plays in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing with other young musicians from across the UK and under distinguished conductors such as Sir Mark Elder and Kwamé Ryan.

Adam's compositions have been performed at Snape Maltings, Kensington Town Hall and the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. They have also appeared in productions of Pomona and Othello at Eton College, and also in film as part of the Sound and Music Summer School.

Adam enjoys writing music for friends, plays and film. He is a big fan of contemporary music including the work of Steve Martland, Louis Andriessen and Howard Skempton.


Aaron P. Dworkin: RPS Honorary Member and Founder of the Sphinx Organization, which helps aspiring Black and Latino musicians in the USA.


An early Philharmonic superstar was the virtuoso double bassist Domenico Dragonetti. He brought his dog Carlo to performances, and commanded higher fees than almost any other player.