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Manu Brazo and Maria Gîlicel perform at Kings Place

On 20 May saxophonist Manu Brazo and violinist Maria Gîlicel will perform at Kings Place in a Monday Platform concert. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Bolcom, Milhaud and Franck.

For tickets and further info, click here.

Award winning Spanish saxophonist Manu Brazo, a graduate of the RCM, has appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and on Classic FM, when his performance was described as ‘100% colossal and amazing’. Other performances include appearing with the London Sinfonietta and playing at the Snape Proms in Aldeburgh under Marin Alsop in 2018. Click here to follow Manu on Twitter.




Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel studied in Madrid before coming to the RCM in London where she is currently studying for her Masters in Performance. She made her orchestral debut at the National Auditorium in Madrid and has since performed at many prestigious venues, including Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. Click here to follow Maria on Twitter.


2 new artists join Tillett Young Musicians

roberto ruisi colour croppedTwo new artists have been selected to join the Tillett young musicians scheme in 2019.  These are violinist Roberto Ruisi and cellist Toby White.

22 year old Roberto Ruisi is currently in his first year of PG study at the Royal College.     A past leader of the National Youth Orchestra (a post he held for 3 years) he was a string finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014  as well as winner of the Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition.  He has been described by renowned conductor Vasily Petrenko as ‘one of the leading British violinists of the future’.

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Cellist Toby White is currently on the Artist Diploma course at GSMD where he is coached by Louise Hopkins.  A pupil at Wells Cathedral School, he is the currently holder of the Help Musicians UK Motesiczky Scholarship.  His has also received support from the Fleming and Musicians Company award schemes and the Harriet Cohen Memorial Trust scholarship.  He is the cellist of the Jubilee String Quartet

For full biographies visit the Artists page of this website Current & Previous Award Winners


Triumphant Wigmore recital

Pianist GEORGE TODICA and the MAGNARD WIND ENSEMBLE gave a fabulous concert before a large and enthusiastic audience at Wigmore Hall on Monday 29 October.  Their programme included works by Leo Geyer, Bach, Enescu, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Granados, Ligeti and Paul Patterson.  They played as their final work an arrangement of Fauré’s Berceuse from his Dolly Suite, arranged for wind quintet and piano by Joseph Shiner.

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YOUNG ARTISTS’ PLATFORM @ Wigmore Hall, London 29th October 2018, info: picture by Robert Piwko /

YAP Artists selected for 2018

Four exciting young artists were selected at the recent YAP auditions to join the scheme in the coming year.  This will be showcased in one of central London prestigious halls as well as a series of concert dates for promoters around the UK.

The four artists chosen were Manu Brazo saxophone; Sirius Chau flute; Maria Gîlicel violin; Michael Matthews guitar.   2018 ARTISTS