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(l-r) Adam Possener, Marie Sato, and Noah Zhou.

Lucy Thraves


Winners of RPS duet prizes announced

10:59, 24th May 2018

The winners of the RPS duet prizes for young instrumentalists and composers have been announced.

16-year-old composer Adam Possener, 17-year-old pianist Noah Zhou, and 17-year-old flautist Marie Sato each win a public recital/performance at a national music festival and £1500 towards their musical development.

The biennial RPS duet prizes recognise outstanding young musicians under the age of 18 who study at a mainstream school. Previous winners include cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and composer Freya Ireland.

Rosemary Johnson, executive director of the RPS, said: ‘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 will help them along the way.’

The prizes 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.


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