In 2019, the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship, totalling at £35,000, was divided among four outstanding instrumentalists: violinist Rosa Hartley, cellist Finn Mannion, clarinetist Ross Montgomery, and harpist Milo Harper.
Rosa Hartley, violin
Rosa is currently studying for her Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor György Pauk and holds a First-Class Honours degree from the Royal College of Music. She has performed as Concertmaster and Soloist of the European Union Youth Orchestra, and was recently selected by conductor Ivan Fischer as an Academist of Budapest Festival Orchestra. Rosa's scholarship will help fund her studies at a conservatoire in Berlin. To read more, click here.
Finn Mannion, cello
Irish-Scottish cellist Finn Mannion studies with Ruth Beauchamp at Scotland’s only specialist music school – St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh – where he was awarded a government-aided place in 2012, aged 10. A regular member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Finn has been principal cello of both the Junior and the Senior Orchestras. Finn's scholarship will go towards scoping future study and contacts in Germany. Read more about Finn by visiting this page.
Ross Montgomery, clarinet
Ross is a Scottish clarinettist based in London. Following his Master’s at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he joined Southbank Sinfonia in 2017 as Co-Principal Clarinet and in 2019 will complete an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music. He freelances regularly with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and and is currently on trial for sub-principal clarinet with BBC Symphony Orchestra. Ross' scholarship will help fund lessons in Paris with Pascal Moraguas and Nicolas Baldeyrou. To read more about Ross, click here.
Milo Harper, harp
Harpist Milo Harper is currently in his final year of Bachelors at the Royal Academy of Music. As a soloist, he was featured at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong 2017 and was the first harpist to win the North London Festival President's Prize Competition in 2018. He was Principal Harp for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra 2019 Spring Tour. Milo's scholarship will support his Master's degree at the Mannes School of Music in New York City. Read more about Milo, here.
Jennifer Bate, organist: My worldwide schedule includes recitals, concertos, recordings, masterclasses and composition. The RPS offers excellent opportunities to meet fellow professionals socially.
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