Christ Church's Savitri Grier, a music student in her first year, won the prestigious Oxford Concerto Competition at the Sheldonian Theatre on Saturday February the 4th.
The competition, conceived jointly by Oxford Philomusica and Oxfordshire County Music Service to showcase and reward young musical talent in the region is open to Oxfordshire residents or students aged 19 or under. We warmly congratulate Savitri on her success and look forward to her future performances. Savitri will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Oxford Philomusica next season, as part of her prize, at a date to be decided.
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The press release for the event reads as follows:
The final of our first ever Concerto Competition took place at the Sheldonian Theatre on Saturday 4th February, before a good house despite the snow engulfing the region.
The winner was Savitri Grier, who impressed all the judges with her outstanding performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Savitri (19) picked up her first violin aged 4, went on to the Junior Royal Academy of Music and is currently reading music at Christ Church.
Savitri was one of three highly talented finalists – alongside violinist Emmanuel Bach and pianist Osman Tack – who performed a concerto of their choice before a panel of five distinguished judges: Marios Papadopoulos; Tony Mealings, the Head of Oxfordshire County Music Service; the violinist and BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, Jennifer Pike; conductor John Traill; and local flautist, teacher and conductor Caroline Hobbs-Smith. The event, which was open to the public, was presented by the former BBC producer and composer, Chris de Souza.
As the first winner of the Oxford Concerto Competition, Savitri received a cash prize of £1000 plus an invitation to play a concerto with Oxford Philomusica in our next Sheldonian Series. Both runners-up received £300 plus £250 worth of Oxford Philomusica concert tickets. The prizes were generously supported by David Shirley, who presented them to the finalists.
The idea for this new competition, which started last autumn, was conceived jointly by Oxford Philomusica and Oxfordshire County Music Service to showcase and reward young musical talent in the region. It’s open to Oxfordshire residents or students aged 19 or under, who are not professional performers or teachers of music, but have attained Grade 8+ or equivalent as a singer or instrumentalist.
To quote Marios: ‘This first Concerto Competition has provided a platform for outstanding musical talent in the region……. I hope that the competition will become a regular event, offering the rising classical stars of the future a voice in an ever increasingly competitive field"
Photographs taken at the rehearsal on February 4th by Ralph Williamson
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