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Alexander Soares wins ROSL Music Competition

9:45, 12th February 2015

Alexander Soares has won the gold medal at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Music Competition 2015, receiving a £15k cash prize.

The pianist performed a programme of d’Anglbert, Boulez and Dutilleux at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 1 June. Gavin Henderson chaired the jury, which was mostly comprised of former ROSL prizewinners.

Soares is currently studying the memorisation of scores by Pierre Boulez for his doctorate under Julian Anderson and Ronan O’Hara at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (with additional support from Daniel Leech Wilkinson at King’s College London).

He won Making Music’s 2014 AYCA scheme, and has also won prizes in the Dudley International Piano Competition, Brant International Competition and Beethoven Society Europe Competition.

Soares said: ‘Winning the Royal Overseas League Gold medal was the most exhilarating experience. It was a delight to compete with so many talented musicians in such a fantastic venue as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in the highly professional care of the ROSL team. This achievement is a major step forward in my developing a performance career.’

The ROSL is a non-profit Commonwealth private members organisation which promotes international relations through arts and welfare activities. Besides the annual music competition, ROSL offers commonwealth music scholarships which provide young performers with valuable exposure early in their careers.

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