Violinist Elliot Samphier has been named ‘PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year 2013’ in the 21st year of the competition.
Victoria College student Eliott fought off competition from Pianist Lillian Garnier, Alto Saxophonist Grace MacDonald and Trumpet player Lawrence Lees-Baker in the final of the competition, which took place on Saturday 2 March at the Jersey Opera House. He becomes only the second violinist to win the competition in its history.
The four finalists proceeded to the final from a total of thirty entrants in the initial sectional heats in January. They were adjudicated by a panel of external UK judges.
Dr Graham Cox, Head of the Jersey Instrumental Music Service, said: “The final of this year’s competition was incredibly strong and provided an excellent showcase for the exceptional talent we have here in Jersey. Elliot and his fellow finalists all deserve huge congratulations for their performances, whilst recognition should also go to the teaching staff who do such a fantastic job in instilling in their pupils the kind of discipline and dedication that has been so evident throughout this competition.”
Elliot is currently studying Music, English and Art at A2 level. He has played the violin for 10 years and I currently studies with Gerard Le Feuvre in Jersey and Benedict Holland of the Royal Northern College of Music. At school, he is also a member of the close harmony vocal group ‘Voce Victoria’, and leader of the School Orchestra.
Winners of the PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year since it began in 1993 are:
1993 : Michael Eouzan, Euphonium
1994 : Claire Pinel, Flute
1995 : Luke Brown, Tenor Horn
1996 : James Southall, Piano
1997 : James Southall, Cello
1998 : Christopher George, Piano
1999 : Laura Smith, Flute
2000 : Dominic Pallot, Trombone
2001 : Julie Robinson, Violin
2002 : Russell Abraham, Percussion
2003 : Robbie Harvey, Trombone
2004 : Jocelyn Crowcroft, Piano
2005 : Louise Morgan, Percussion
2006 : Edward Bailhache, Piano
2007 : Samuel Bisson, Piano
2008 : Jennah Smart, Flute
2009 : Georgina Sutton, Piano
2010 : Jack Chown, Percussionist
2011 : Toby Huelin, Piano
2012 : Krystian Lamb, Piano
2013: Elliott Samphier, Violin