The Concerto Prize
The St Columb’s Hall Concerto Award is a special prize created by Le Foyer des Artistes, in partnership with the St Columb’s Hall Trust, to establish a significant annual classical music bursary in Ireland, together with a concerto engagement, in celebration of St Columba’s Day on 9 June.
Three soloists have been selected from 12 by the jury and they will perform in the Concerto Award Finalists’ Recital on 4th February 2023 for the opportunity to perform a concerto with Le Foyer des Artistes on 9 June 2023.
The Finalists are:
- Henry Cash, 22 from England
- Yuxuan Zhao, 20 from China
- Justine Gormley, 24 from Northern Ireland
The winner will scoop the top prize of £2,000, and the public will be invited to award a special Audience Prize of £1,000 sponsored by ChallengeCurve.
|St Columb’s Hall Concerto Awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd)||£4,000|
|ChallengeCurve Audience Prize||£1,000|
We are delighted to announce that YAMAHA International has become an Associate Partner
of Le Foyer des Artistes. Their brand new CFX Concert Grand Piano has just been released and has
been endorsed by the London Symphony Orchestra as well as some of the greatest pianists in the
world. YAMAHA will ship the piano from London to St Columb’s Hall for this very special event.
The winner of the St Columb’s Hall Concerto Award will return to Derry on the feast day of St Columba,
9 June 2023, to play Mozart’s piano concerto 9 in Eb major KVW271 Jeunnehomme, a work so sublime
it has often been described as ‘one of the greatest wonders of the world’.
St Columba – Founder of Derry, the oak grove – has a cultural legacy of over 1500 years. The Book of
Kells, an ancient manuscript produced by Columban monks and visited by people from all over the
world each and every day, is a modern example of this incredible legacy.
Like Columba, these three musicians will travel the world with their talent and inspire patrons as well
as new generations of young people. For this reason, we celebrate the continuation of Columba’s
legacy with an incredible evening of music in our home at St Columb’s Hall.
We are proud to announce the panel of distinguished musicians who will preside over the first-ever St Columb’s Hall Concerto Award. They need no introduction, and their combined expertise will ensure that this major bursary and professional engagement opportunity will be awarded to a consummate young musician ready for the challenge of an international music career in the 21st century.