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Callum Owens wins NCH Young Musician's Award

By: Joan Scannell | Posted on: Friday, August 11, 2017

Congratulations to Callum Owens on being awarded €5,000 bursary as joint winner of the 2017 National Concert Hall Young Musician's Award.
Callum studies cello in CIT Cork School of Music with Chris Marwood. He has also, been selected for the Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye 2017.

NCH Young Musician’s Award for String Players 2017

The National Concert Hall is delighted to award Fiachra De hÓra (viola) age 18 from Dublin 12 and Callum Owens (cello), age 16 from Cork as joint winners of the NCH Young Musician’s Award for String Players 2017. Both winners receive €5,000 each which may be used for to pursue further musical studies or towards an instrument upgrade.

Fiachra performed a unique arrangement by Vadim Borisovsky of Prokofiev’s Introduction to Romeo and Juliet, followed by Vieuxtemp’s Capriccio in C minor for solo viola and the second movement of Franck’s Violin Sonata, arranged for viola putting him in joint first place. Callum performed the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C, followed by Valentini’s Cello Sonata (first and second movement), Ravel’s Habanera and Cassado’s Dance of the Green Devil.

Both performances were adjudicated by leader of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Helena Wood and Principal Bass player with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Daly. This award, presented every two years, is made possible by the generosity of Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Trondheim Soloists Chamber Orchestra.

These awards form a significant part of the NCH Learning and Participation Programme which is central to the NCH mission: to ‘foster and celebration the appreciation, knowledge, enjoyment and pure love of music as an integral part of Irish life’. 

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