RPS Julius Isserlis Scholar 2019
Irish-Scottish cellist Finn Mannion (17) studies with Ruth Beauchamp at Scotland’s only specialist music school – St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, where he was awarded a government-aided place in 2012, aged 10. At the music school, Finn has won both the Junior and Intermediate Recital Prizes (2015 and 2018). Finn was a solo recital prizewinner in the Edinburgh Competition Festival, winning the ‘Gray Gold Medal’ in 2015, the ‘Winifred Gavine Gold Medal’ in 2017 and, with the Strathearn Piano Trio, the ‘Horace Fellowes Gold Medal‘ for chamber music.
A regular member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Finn has been principal cello of both the Junior and the Senior Orchestras in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Finn has played as a soloist at the International Festival Academy of ‘Musique Cordiale’, receiving tutoring from members of the Chilingirian Quartet. Finn received scholarships to progress to join the festival orchestra of ‘Musique Cordiale’ under the baton of James Lowe.
In 2018, Finn attended the Aurora Masterclasses in Sweden, where he studied with Prof. Peter Bruns (Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Leipzig). Finn has been given further musical inspiration from time spent with other renowned cellists: Troels Svane, Peter Hörr, Hannah Roberts, Clive Greensmith, Jo Cole, Philip Higham, Alice Neary, Chris Hoyle, Martin Storey and Su-a Lee.
Finn has a strong interest in chamber music and has received coaching at music school from age 10. He was a founding member of the Strathearn Piano Trio and the group still enjoy performing together regularly. Finn has been involved in numerous chamber music events, for example, at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
Finn is extremely grateful for the support he has received from Caroline Fitzmaurice Trust, the Dunard Fund, and the Hope Scott Trust. He is particularly delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship from the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2019.
Finn currently plays on an old English cello made by Lockey Hill in c. 1790.