Outstanding Young Musicians

24 May 2018

Winners have been announced of the RPS-Duet Prizes for young musicians

The RPS-Duet Prizes  are awarded to instrumentalists and composers under the age of 18.

From exceptional shortlists that revealed an invigorating array of talent in schools across the UK, 16-year-old composer Adam Possener from Norwich was chosen as the winner of the RPS-Duet Prize for Young Composer. After two rounds of auditions the RPS-Duet Prize for Instrumentalist jury this year decided to make two awards, with prizes going to 17-year-old pianist Noah Zhou, and 17-year-old flautist Marie Sato, both from London. All three win £1500 to assist with their musical development and a public recital/performance at a professional venue or festival. 

Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society comments: 

“The RPS is very grateful to the support of the Duet Foundation in making these prizes possible. We were simply blown away by the quality of music making, and the enquiring minds of these young musicians and composers, so much so that we are awarding a second instrumental prize. Their unbridled enthusiasm for music is matched by their dedication to developing their musical practice, and I hope that these prizes, which celebrate school-aged talent and build links with the music profession, will help them along the way. Many congratulations to Adam, Marie and Noah.”


Placido Domingo, world renowned tenor and conductor. RPS Gold Medal Member and Patron of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship.


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