Jongmin Park, a 28 year old bass from South Korea, last night won the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015.
Jongmin is one of the 20 finalists who have travelled to Cardiff from across the globe, performing their own programmes of operatic and concert works throughout this week. The singers, who were whittled down from nearly 350 competitors went head to head against each other in four recital rounds at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.
Jongmin said: ‘I really didn’t expect to win this prize – I am so shocked! I thought my colleague from Belarus had won. I cannot believe it!’
Judging the Song Prize was a panel comprising chairman David Pountney with Julius Drake, John Gilhooly, Soile Isokoski and Claron McFadden.
The Song Prize Final was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available for 30 days on the iPlayer. It will be broadcast on BBC Four presented by Petroc Trelawny and Angel Blue on Saturday June 20 at 7.30pm.
The Main Prize Final on BBC Four is presented from St David’s Hall, Cardiff by Petroc Trelawny and Angel Blue on June 21 at 7.30pm. Petroc is joined by Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and Christopher Maltman, the English baritone who won the Lieder Prize in 1997.
Iain Burnside will be ringside for the Main Prize Final on BBC Radio 3, joined by soprano Susan Bullock for expert commentary on all the action, eager to find out which one of the talented young singers will be taking the glittering title. On BBC Radio Cymru, Siân Pari Huws, Alwyn Humphreys and Beti George present The Final live at 7pm, while full coverage will also be on BBC Radio Wales with Wynne Evans and Nicola Heywood Thomas from 7.30pm.