Previous Finalists

Emily Sun (violin) Winner 2017

Emily was born in Australia, and after studying at the Sydney Conservatorium oif Music, she moved to London and since 2011 has been studying at the Royal College of Music where she graduated Masters of Music with first class honours. She made her concerto debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 10, and has since been a soloist with orchestras all over Australia, as well as in the US, China and Russia. She also regularly performs in recitals, and this year has played in the Wigmore Hall and Buckingham Palace. She has been the winner of numerous competitions, most recently winning the gold medal in the Royal Overseas League UK Music Competition.

Toby Hughes (double bass) Winner 2016

Toby was born in Bristol, and started playing the double bass at the age of 9. He attended the Junior Conservatoire in Birmingham, and became bass section leader of both its orchestra and the CBSO Youth Orchestra. He later was principal bass with the National Youth Orchestra, playing at a number of leading venues including a prom in the Royal Albert Hall. After a period studying in Berlin he entered the Royal Northern College of Music, and has played with many orchestras. In 2014 he was overall winner of the strings section of the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition.

Jamal Aliyev (cello) Winner 2015

Jamal began his musical studies at the age of five in Turkey before moving to the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2008. He recently recorded his debut CD on a Russian theme with Champs Hill Records, and is currently studying with Prof. Thomas Carroll at the Royal College of Music where he won the RCM Concerto Competitions in 2014 and 2015, and the RCM Violoncello Competition 2014. He made his debut with BBC Concert Orchestra at the Menuhin Hall in a 2012 live broadcast on Radio 3 and was also invited to perform on Sean Rafferty’s programme ‘In Tune’. Jamal has won three international competitions and enjoys performing as a solo artist and a chamber musician in Europe and Asia.

Daniel Petrica Ciobanu (piano) Winner 2014

Daniel is from Romania, where he graduated from the Victor Brauner Music High School, and then won a scholarship to study for a year at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh, where he won the Young Musician of the Year award from Edinburgh Rotary International. He is currently on a scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has taken part in many competitions, and among his successes were 1st prize in the National Olympiads in Romania, and another 1st at the Italian Carpinetti in Musica competition.

Daniel Petrica Ciobanu

Anthony Brown (saxophone) Winner 2013

Anthony studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, and when he graduated in 2011 he was nominated by the Principal for the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ prestigious Silver Medal. He often plays with pianist Leo Nicholson, and they have given recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall. He has also performed the world première of two works by composer Graham Ross, and one is to be released as a CD in 2015, and he also enjoys playing jazz.


Hannah Davey (soprano) Winner 2012

Hannah comes from Cheltenham, England, and trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she won their singing competition in 2011. She now enjoys an active career as a professional soprano, and a recent highlight was a UK tour with Sir James and Lady Galway performing Bach Arias with double flute obligato. In 2013 she sang in a recording of Mozart’s Requiem, which is due to be released in 2014.


Mikhail Nemstov (cello) Winner 2011

Originally from St Petersburg, Mikhail studied at the Chethams School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. He frequently plays as a duo with his sister Elena (who accompanied him in Bromsgrove), and together they won the 2012 Swedish International Duo Competition, and have made their first CD. Mikhail is a City Music Foundation artist, and in July 2014 he played in a CMF sponsored concert at the City of London Music Festival.


Meng Yang Pan (piano) Winner 2010

Meng Yang Pan was born in China, and won a scholarship to study at the Purcell School for young musicians near London, then another scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. She is now developing a professional career, the highlights of which so far have been performing concertos under the batons of Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Wood.


Ilya Movchan (violin) Winner 2009

Like Anna Peletsis, with whom he sometimes gives recitals, Ilya comes from Russia and studied at the Royal College of Music. He plays in the Eidos Trio (piano, violin and clarinet), formed at the RCM, which has had a number of recent engagements.


Anna Peletsis (piano) Winner 2008

Anna was born in Russia, and she came to the Royal College of Music in London to continue her studies. She has since been active as a soloist and chamber music performer in Britain and in Europe, and in 2012-13 was graduate assistant in the School of Music at the University of South Florida, and afterwards won a scholarship to study music teaching at the McGill University in Montreal.


Sasha Grynyuk Winner 2007

Born in the Ukraine, Sasha has become a successful and popular recitalist and concerto soloist including last year a spell at the Grieg Museum, Bergen as pianist of the week. Later he performed the Rachmaninov 2nd concerto at the Cadogan Hall with the London International Orchestra. Sasha released his first CD in 2012, with music by Friedrich Gulda and Glenn Gould, described by ŒClassical Source¹ as Œwacky¹.


Alexander Sitkovetsky Winner 2006

Born in Moscow, Alexander came to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Kent, where he drew inspiration from Lord Menuhin, with whom he performed many times. After winning in Bromsgrove, where he has since returned to perform in the Festival, he has had a successful career as a soloist with leading Russian Orchestras, and as a member of the Sitkovetsky Trio with pianist Wu Qian and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.


Johannes Möller (guitar), Winner 2005

Johannes is the only guitarist to have won in Bromsgrove, and he has had a similar success in other leading competitions. He has now turned mainly to composition, and in 2010 a CD was released of him playing his own work.


Ji-Yeoun You (piano) Winner 2004

Ji-Yeoun was born in Yeosu, Korea, where she has been made an honorary citizen in view of her cultural achievements. She came to Germany to study the piano, and in addition to her success in Bromsgrove won prizes in several other international competitions. She now works as a recitalist in venues throughout Europe, frequently with flautist Ulrich Roloff.


Maya Rasooly (viola) Winner 2003

Maya Rasooly was born in Israel, and after wining in Bromsgrove has pursued an active performing career, working with the Schnitzler Quartet, as a duo with pianist Sasha Grynyuk (another Bromsgrove winner), and as 1st viola with Vladimir Ashkenazy’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.


Amy Dickson (saxophone) Winner 2002

Amy was born in Sydney, Australia, and after winning in Bromsgrove she won the 2004 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Competition. Now based in London, Amy plays all over the world, and has had a successful recording career, including her own arrangements of works such as Glass’s Violin Concerto.


Benjamin Birtle (cello) Winner 2001

Benjamin was born in Manchester, and his career now encompasses playing cello concertos, mainly to West Country audiences, chamber music with cello and double bass duo Bass Instinct and other groups, and teaching, giving private lessons.


Simona Mihai (soprano) Winner 2000

Simona was born in Bucharest, Romania, and came to study in England. Since then she has had a successful career in opera, singing in Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and La Scala, Milan.