I am delighted to announce that Kevin Jansson, a student of Mary Beattie in the Department of Keyboard Studies at the CIT Cork School of Music, won the prestigious Flax Music Award in Belfast.
Following the semi-final round which took place in June, the 2018 Grand Final took place last Friday night at Holy Cross Church Belfast. The three finalists, Miriam Kaczor, flute, Eva Richards, 'cello and Kevin Jansson, piano each played a concerto with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by David Brophy. The winner was Kevin Jansson, who performed Rachmaninov's second Piano Concerto. Kevin receives a total prize of £7,000 which he will use to further his musical development and education.
The Flax Trust is one of the largest and longest established development trusts in Ireland. It is a registered charity formed in Belfast in 1977. For over 40 years it has been committed to the “reconciliation of a divided community through economic and social development, bringing peace to both communities”.
The Flax Trust Music Awards is an exciting competition for exceptionally talented young musicians who have completed or are completing their secondary education on the island of Ireland. Through this process we will provide a platform which creates a unique opportunity for young musicians.
The Bursaries being awarded total £12,000 which will go towards musical development and education. The competition is designed to support young musicians wanting to further develop their talent. This could be through a conservatoire/university course, further teaching and training or investment in a new instrument