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Alexander Papp with musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Alexander Papp wins RSNO composition competition

10:23, 19th June 2017

Alexander Papp has won the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Notes from Scotland composition competition with his piece Progeny, inspired by Glen Coe.

The 16-year-old receives an iPad Pro loaded with music software packages, as well as VIP access to future RSNO concerts.

Papp is currently a music scholar at Bedford School and an associate composer with the Britten Sinfonia Academy. He studies violin at Junior Guildhall (JGSM) with Gonzalo Acosta and composition with Paul Whitmarsh and Emma-Ruth Richards. In September, he will take up a scholarship at the Purcell School, following which he intends to pursue a career as a composer.

For the third Notes from Scotland competition, young composers were invited to write a two-minute work for an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet inspired by Scotland’s outstanding landmarks; Culzean Castle, Ayrshire; Glen Coe, The Highlands; Hill House, Argyll and Bute; Newhailes, Edinburgh, and House of Dun, Angus.

Four works were chosen to be performed by an RSNO ensemble at the RSNO Centre, Glasgow, and a panel of judges including Scottish composers Jennifer Martin and Oliver Searle selected Papp’s work as the winning entry.


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