RNCM pianist wins Bromsgrove

Third-year pianist Luke Jones has won the 2018 Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition.

Held between 3 and 7 April, the competition is open to instrumentalists and singers aged 18 to 25 (28 in the case of singers) from around the world. Following audition, 12 were selected to play in the semi-finals with three making it through to the final.

Following the finalists’ concert, which saw Luke walk away with £6000, adjudicator Roderick Williams (pictured above with Luke, centre) said on Twitter: ‘What a tough gig! Such enormous, extraordinary talent across the board, it was so hard to decide. I’ve no doubt we’ll be following a large number of these competitors in glorious future careers. You heard it here first in Bromsgrove.’

The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition began in 1981 as an international platform for talented young instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 17 and 25 (28 in the case of singers). Since then many outstanding finalists have found The Bromsgrove a stepping stone to national and international recognition and success. Previous RNCM winners include cellist Mikhail Nemtsov, saxophonist Anthony Brown and double bassist Toby Hughes.

Listen to Luke perform Chopin’s Étude Op 10 No 1, recorded at the RNCM in 2016

9 April 2018