RPS Julius Isserlis Scholar 2019
Finn Mannion (17), a Scottish-Irish cellist who is ‘going places in supersonic fashion’ (The Courier, August 2019) performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in festivals and at international venues. Currently, he is undertaking conservatoire auditions to begin his Bachelor of Music studies.
Finn studied with Ruth Beauchamp at Scotland’s only specialist music school (2012-2019), where he was awarded a government-aided place. At school, Finn excelled in performance, winning first prize in numerous solo recital competitions. He was principal cello of the music school’s flagship orchestra, string ensemble, baroque ensemble, and was a member of the senior string quartet. Finn was also awarded the school’s Chamber Music Prize and the Calvert Cup for Services to String Music.
Recently, Finn made his concerto debut with the festival orchestra of the Ruthven Music Festival (Scotland), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. The debut received positive reviews that described his performance as demonstrating ‘athleticism, stupendous technique and bravado.’ (The Courier, August 2019). In the Edinburgh Competition Festival, he won three first prizes as a solo recitalist, winning the ‘Gray Medal’, the ‘Joan Dickson Medal’, and the ‘Winifred Gavine Medal’. Over the years, Finn has gained further musical inspiration after being selected to perform in masterclasses with reputable cellists including: Troels Svane, David Watkin, Claudio Bohórquez, Celine Flamen, Peter Bruns, and Philip Higham. Finn is delighted to be the youngest recipient of the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious ‘Julius Isserlis’ Scholarship.
As a chamber musician, Finn has been involved in numerous events and performances in the UK, Europe and further afield. He became a founding member of the Strathearn Piano Trio in 2015 with whom he has performed at festivals including the Queen’s Hall ‘Winterplay’ Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The trio was awarded the ‘Horace Fellows Medal’ on winning the Edinburgh Competition Festival’s open chamber music class. In 2019, Finn was invited to participate in a visit to the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he received tutoring from members of internationally renowned ensembles: the St Lawrence and Tokyo string quartets. In Scotland, Finn has collaborated in performances with the Edinburgh Quartet and the Atelier Quartet.
As a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Finn has been principal cello of both the Junior and Senior Orchestras in 2015 and 2017 respectively. For three consecutive years, Finn received scholarships to attend the ‘Musique Cordiale International Festival’ as an academy and orchestral student under the baton of conductor James Lowe. In 2019, Finn joined the junior department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he performs in their Symphony Orchestra, and String Ensemble.
Finn is extremely grateful for the financial support he has received from Caroline Fitzmaurice Trust, The Cross Trust, the Dunard Fund, and the Hope Scott Trust. Currently, Finn plays on an old English cello made by Lockey Hill c. 1790.