Winners Announced for National Concert Hall Young Musician Award for String Players, Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award and Jerome Hynes Young Composer Award for 2019

 
Media Release 25th September 2019

• Bernadette Greevy Bursary Winner: Susie Gibbons, soprano (award €5,500 and NCH recital)
• Young Musician Award for String Players: Violinists Julieanne Forrest (award €8,000) and Claire O’Connor (award €2,000)
• Jerome Hynes Young Composer Award: Composer Kevin Terry (€2,500 and new commission to be performed in 2020)

The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce that Susie Gibbons from Co. Dublin is the overall winner of the NCH Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award 2019. In addition, violinists Julieanne Forrest, from Co. Meath and Claire O’Connor, from Co. Dublin are both winners of the NCH Young Musician Award for String Players 2019 and East Cork composer Kevin Terry has been awarded the Jerome Hynes Young Composer Award for 2019.

NCH Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award 2019 – Susie Gibbons

The prize of €5,000 has been awarded to Irish soprano Susie Gibbons for winning the 2019 NCH Bernadette Greevy Bursary with the Mahler Song Award worth €500 bestowed upon her by leading Irish soprano Celine Byrne. Susie’s winning performance included Mahler’s Lob des Hohen Verstands, Handel’s V’adoro, Pupille (Giulio Cesare) and Philip Martin’s The Lake Isle of Innisfree. Her winning performance was adjudicated by operatic soprano Mairéad Buicke and vocal coach James Vaughan. As part of her prize, Susie will also perform a recital at the NCH in the new year.

Susie turned her attention to singing in 2016 after studying for a Degree in Psychology at UCD. She won a coveted place in the Royal College of Music in London where she continues her studies on the Master of Performance in Vocal Studies. She was also awarded numerous scholarships including the Ad Astra Award for Performance two years running. A multiple Feis Ceoil prizewinner, Susie most recently won the Nancy Calthorpe Cup for French Mélodie in 2019 and was a finalist in the prestigious Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup.

Previous winners of the NCH Bernadette Greevy Bursary Award include: (2018) Sinéad O'Kelly; (2017) Sarah Brady, (2016) Padraic Rowan, (2015) Roisín Walsh, (2014) Gemma Ní Bhriain, (2013) Jennifer Davis, (2012) Rachel Kelly, (2011) Aoife Miskelly and (2010) Gavan Ring. The NCH wishes to acknowledge the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht for its kind support of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary for Singers.

NCH Young Musician Award for String Players 2019: Violinists Julieanne Forrest and Claire O’Connor

The NCH awarded two musicians the Young Musician Award for String Players; they are violinist Julieanne Forrest who was awarded €8,000 for her winning performance which included the first movement of Barber’s Violin Concerto Op. 14 and Gershwin’s ‘Ain’t Necessarily So’ and violinist Claire O’Connor who was awarded €2,000. Claire impressed the judges with her performance of Smetana’s Aus Der Heimat No. 2, Debussy’s Violin Sonata (1st Movement) and Weiniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (3rd Movement). Both performances for the Young Musician Award for String Players were adjudicated by chamber musicians Mia Cooper, leading Irish violinist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and double-bass player David Daly.

The National Concert Hall Young Musician Award for String Players is made biennially in support of the development of talented young musicians in Ireland. The award was initiated following a benefit concert in 2007 by Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Trondheim Soloists Chamber Orchestra, who generously donated their fee in support of the Learning & Participation programme of the National Concert Hall.

Jerome Hynes Young Composer Award 2019 – Kevin Terry

A composer and performer from East Cork, Kevin Terry is the 2019 Jerome Hynes Young Composer Award recipient. As part of his prize he will be commissioned to write a new work which will be premiered at the NCH in 2020 and will receive a prize of €2,500. This year’s award was adjudicated by renowned Irish composers Brian Irvine and Ann Cleare.

The NCH Awards for young musicians and composers are integral to its remit ensuring aispring composers and players have the opportunity and support to pursue their musical interests and careers. Recognising and rewarding talent such as this is paramount to fostering musical ambition and garnering knowledge and appreciation for musical performance. The NCH wish the 2019 winners every success in their musical journey and careers.

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About Susie Gibbons

Susie Gibbons is a soprano from Dublin and was awarded numerous scholarships including the Ad Astra Award for Performance two years running. She has won a coveted place in the Royal College of Music in London where she will continue her studies on the Master of Performance in Vocal Studies programme. In competition Susie was a finalist in the Hazelwood House Bursary competition and a winner of the Sligo Feis Ceoil Cup at the Sligo Feis Ceoil in 2018. She most recently won the Nancy Calthorpe Cup for French Mélodie in 2019 and was a finalist in the prestigious Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup.

About Claire O’Connor

Claire O'Connor is 16 years old and is a student of Dr Fionnuala Hunt at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. At the Feis Ceoil in 2019, Claire won 1st Prize in Violin A and the Rhoda Coghill Cup, and 2nd Prize in the St.Cecilia Cup, Terry O'Connor Trophy and Junior Chamber Music Cup. She is a Young Scholar in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is the 2018 Recipient of the John Pollard Award.

About Julieanne Forrest

Julieanne is 16 years old and from Navan. A multiple first prize winner at ESB Feis Ceoil Juileanne studies violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Dr. Fionnuala Hunt where she is part of the RIAM Young Scholar programme. Julieanne holds position the position of concertmaster of The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the Dublin Youth Orchestra’s Symphony Orchestra and the RIAM Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 Julieanne made her debut as a soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and played in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the evening of their 70th anniversary. In April 2019 she made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.


About Kevin Terry

Kevin Terry is a composer and performer from East Cork whose formative musical experiences include participation in The Deep Listening Retreat with Pauline Oliveros in 2008 and studying improvisation with Han-earl Park from 2007 to 2011. His work has been performed by Kate Ellis, Andrew Zolinsky and the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. Spanning a variety of contexts, both solo and collaborative, his music has been released by record labels in Ireland and the UK. He received his BMus from UCC where he studied with John Godfrey and Jesse Ronneau and he is currently completing a masters in composition at Cork School of Music with CSL Parker