Congratulations to clarinetist and first-year Master of Music student Carlos Savall-Guardiola, selected as the winner of the 2018 ROSL UK Scholarship for a BC Emerging Musician! As scholarship winner, Carlos will receive full financial support for four weeks of performance and study opportunities in London, Edinburgh, and elsewhere in the UK.
The live competition for this generous scholarship took place on Saturday January 20, in Roy Barnett Recital Hall. The winner was selected by two adjudicators, Mr. Geoff Parkin, Director of ROSL Arts Programs, and UBC Professor Emeritus Jesse Read. The adjudicators were particularly impressed by Savall-Guardiola's technical and expressive virtuosity in his performance of two movements from "Clarinetics" by composer Stephen Davies.
Three finalists competed for the scholarship, cellist Charlotte Tyhurst, saxophonist Mia Gazley, and clarinetist Carlos Savall-Guardiola. Each performed a short program including at least one unaccompanied selection and contrasting selection(s) with piano. "I was delighted by the confident performances and articulate introductions from all three competitors," said Dr. Richard Kurth, Director of the School of Music. "They all displayed skill and poise, and also their individual personality. It was wonderful to witness their expressive and communicative accomplishment and confidence."
"It was wonderful that Geoff Parkin was able to visit UBC on this occasion and participate in the selection of the competition winner," said Kurth. "We are deeply grateful to the Royal Over-Seas League for the generosity of this scholarship, and especially to Mr. Parkin and to Elizabeth Murray, President of the BC ROSL Chapter, for their very active engagement and ethusiastic support for UBC Music students!"