UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 04 JULY
Students at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, competed for our esteemed Concerto Prize earlier this month, with the prize eventually being awarded to Tzu-Jo Huang (known as Jojo), who become the first percussionist to win since 2006!
The final of the competition took place in the Bradshaw Hall on Friday 21 June 2019 and saw three RBC musicians performing to win the £1,500 prize money accompanied by our own Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Phillips.
The annual Concerto Prize is a competition for solo performers, and is acknowledged as the Conservatoire’s premier instrumental competition. The winner, Tzu-Jo Huang (Jojo), is currently finishing her MMus at the Conservatoire, and next year will be studying on our prestigious Advanced Postgraduate Diploma course. Jojo was born in Miaoli, Taiwan. Before university she was already successful in competitions in her home country, and while studying at Taipei National University of the Arts, she was a member of Ju Percussion Group and toured across China and Taiwan. In 2015, she studied with Alexej Gerassimez in Germany. For her winning performance, Jojo played the marimba concerto ‘Princess Chang Ping’ by Pius Cheung, based on a theme from the Cantonese Opera, Di Nü Hua, by Tang Ti-sheng.
The other finalists were final year undergraduates Jacob Perry, clarinet, who played Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No 2, and Jacob Smith, trumpet, who played Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto.
We were honoured to welcome three high profile adjudicators to RBC for the task of selecting the winner of this, the most of prestigious of our prizes, and dividing the prize money between the three finalists. They were David Pickard (Director of the BBC Proms), Stephen Lumsden (CEO of the artists’ agency Intermusica) and Jenny Chadwick (Concerts Director of the CBSO).