Concerto Competition

Ignacio Mañá-Mesas, CUMS Concerto Competition 2018 Winner. Photo Cred. Tom Porteous

Ignacio Mañá-Mesas, CUMS Concerto Competition 2018 Winner. Photo Cred. Tom Porteous

Each academic year, CUMS welcomes applications for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of their ensembles in the following season.

The 2020 Cambridge University Musical Society Concerto Competition will be on:

27th January (first round)
11th February (second round)

Save the date(s). Application details will be circulated shortly.

Cambridge University Musical Society Concerto Competition 2019

We are delighted to announce the results of this year’s CUMS Concerto Competition
The jury said that it was an exceptional year and that all the finalists warrant a concerto performance

Winner: Churen Li
2nd place: Francis Bushell
Joint prizewinners: Leo Appel, Sophie Westbrooke, Mark Zang

2019 Finalists

Leo Appel, violin
Francis Bushell, bassoon
Churen Li, piano
Sophie Westbrooke, recorder
Mark Zang, piano

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op.50, III (1927) Medtner (1880-1951)

Mark Zang (piano), accompanied by Oliver Jones

Bassoon Concerto, Op. 75, II (1811) Weber (1786-1826)

Francis Bushell (bassoon), accompanied by Hugh Rowlands

Concerto per Falautino RV443, II-III (1729) Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Sophie Westbrooke (recorder), accompanied by Jamie Conway

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op.18, I (1901) Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Churen Li (piano), accompanied by Antonia Huang

Violin Concerto, Op.35, III (1878) Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Leo Appel (violin), accompanied by Naoki Toyomura

We are very grateful to our round two judges: Professor John Rink, Odile Ollagnon and Melanie Ragge for adjudicating this year’s competition final. 

The judges would also like to congratulate the following performer for her excellent performance in the first round audition:

Leora Cohen, violin

Many thanks to this year’s round one judges Melanie Ragge, Odile Ollagnon, and Andrew West.



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