London Music Masters has announced the inaugural recipients of its composer awards and has named its first junior ambassador.
Shiva Feshareki and Jack White are the recipients of the first LMM composer awards. They receive a cash prize; a high-profile premiere of a new work by an LMM violin award holder; a premiere of a new work with an LMM creative partner ensemble; mentoring from experienced composers, members of the music industry and LMM advisors; and opportunities to contribute to education outreach programmes.
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the first junior ambassador. The BBC Young Musician 2016 finalist will join LMM’s five existing ambassadors (Nadine Benjamin, Colin Currie, Benjamin Grosvenor, Anthony Marwood and Tai Murray) in promoting the work of LMM, working with students and award holders, giving concerts and talks in support of the work, and acting as a role model for the organisation and all connected with it.
LMM also announced Marc Bouchkov (pictured) as the recipient of this year’s violin award. He wins a recital at Wigmore Hall and a concerto performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; a cash prize and mentoring from leading industry figures; he will also premiere a new work written by a LMM composer award holder and will receive opportunities to contribute to education outreach programmes.
He described himself as ‘happy and proud’ to receive the award, adding: ‘As well as having prestigious performing opportunities in the UK for the first time, it will also be an extremely fulfilling way to start an artistic exchange with the schools and children.’
London Music Masters is a music charity that advocates new music for young professionals and children. LMM has given career development awards to assist talented young musicians to further their musical careers while serving as positive role models, reaching new audiences and enriching their communities since 2009.