16-year-old Adam Possener wins RPS-Duet Prize for composers
17-year-old flautist Marie Sato and 17-year-old pianist Noah Zhou win RPS-Duet Prizes for instrumentalists

Winners have been announced of the RPS-Duet Prizes for Young Instrumentalists and Composers. 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 auditions of exceptionally high standard, this year the RPS-Duet Prize for Instrumentalist jury 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 national music festival.

The biennial RPS-Duet Prizes are for outstanding young musicians aged under-18, who study at a mainstream school (not a music specialist school). They are part of ‘Ensemble Philharmonic’, a partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Duet Group to build links between exceptional young musicians and secondary music departments, and the music profession. The Duet Group is the leading organisation for leasing and maintaining musical instruments in schools, conservatoires and universities. This year’s winners follow in strong footsteps: the first RPS-Duet Prize winners were cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who subsequently won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016, and 18-year-old composer Freya Ireland, who in 2017 was appointed the first RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer.

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.”


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