16 Year Old Pianist Sophie Dee is Winner of Junior Guildhall Lutine Prize

We are delighted to announce that pianist Sophie Dee is the winner of this year’s Lutine Prize, Junior Guildhall’s most prestigious award. The final was held in the Music Hall at the Guildhall School on Saturday 29 May 2010 at 2pm. Sophie will be given the opportunity to perform a concerto with a Junior Guildhall ensemble and a cash award. The runner-up was 17-year-old Mary Tyler, a clarinettist from Guildford, who also receives a cash prize.

Sophie Dee is 16-years-old and from Faversham in Kent and was a keyboard finalist on BBC Young Musician of the Year, 2010. She is taught at Junior Guildhall by Joan Havill.

The Lutine Prize is Junior Guildhall’s equivalent of the annual Gold Medal competition, with six students selected from a preliminary round to perform in the final. The finalists performed a 20-minute solo recital before the adjudication panel; the winner of the first prize is given the opportunity to perform a concerto with a Junior Guildhall ensemble in addition to a cash award.

The Junior Guildhall Lutine Prize 2010 is kindly supported by Lloyd’s Charities Trust.

The adjudicators for this year's competition were Tim Raymond, most recently Head of Composition and Contemporary Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and William Bruce, Head of Strings at Junior Guildhall.

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