Yesterday Florian was judged to be the overall Keyboard Section Final winner at the 2018 Annual Music Competition of the Royal Over-Seas League in London and will now go on to take part in the Gold Medal Final at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 4th June alongside winners of the strings, voice, and wind and brass sections.
Now in its 66th year, the ROSL Annual Music Competition is the centrepiece of ROSL ARTS’ year-round programme of events. The competition offers more than £75,000 in awards with a £15,000 first prize for solo performers and two chamber ensemble awards of £10,000. Former winners of the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal include Jacqueline du Pre (cello), Melvyn Tan (harpsichord), Piers Lane (piano), Juliette Bausor (flute) and Jonathan Lemalu (bass).
The Royal Over-Seas League is a self-funded organisation which operates under a Royal Charter and ‘aims at promoting an enduring multi-racial fellowship pledged to the support of the Commonwealth and to the service of others and humanity at large.’ In addition to its support for the arts, ROSL also has an extensive programme of humanitarian work, currently in Kenya, Botswana, Sri Lanka and Namibia. You can find out more about ROSL here.
Commenting on the award, Florian said, ‘It really is a great joy to take part in this wonderful event and to find out more about this amazing organisation, the Royal Over-Seas League. I feel very humble to have the chance to take part in the Gold Medal Final and I can’t wait for June to come round!’