Finn Mannion (17), a Scottish-Irish cellist, studied with Ruth Beauchamp at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh where he was awarded a government-aided place from 2012-2019. At school, Finn was awarded first prizes in both the Junior (2015) and Intermediate (2018) recital competitions and, in his final year, performed in the Director’s Recital Prize finalists concert in St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh (2019). Finn was also awarded the school’s overall Chamber Music Prize and the Calvert Cup for Services to String Music (2019). In the Edinburgh Competition Festival, he won first prizes as a solo recitalist, winning the ‘Gray Medal’ (2015) and the ‘Winifred Gavine Medal’ (2017). With his trio – the Strathearn Piano Trio, he won the ‘Horace Fellowes Medal’ for chamber music.
A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Finn has been principal cello of both the Junior and the Senior Orchestras in 2015 and 2017 respectively. In the summers of 2017/18, Finn performed as a soloist at the International Festival of ‘Musique Cordiale’ in France, receiving tutoring from members of the Chilingirian Quartet. He received scholarships to progress to the ‘Musique Cordiale Festival Orchestra’ as an Academy student under the baton of James Lowe. Finn attended the Aurora Masterclasses in Sweden, where he studied with Prof. Peter Bruns in 2018 (HfM Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig) and in 2019, with Prof. Claudio Bohórquez (HfM Hanns Eisler, Berlin).
Further musical inspiration has been gained after receiving tuition or masterclasses from reputable cellists including: Troels Svane, Peter Hörr, Hannah Roberts, Clive Greensmith, Jo Cole, Philip Higham.
Finn has a strong interest in chamber music and has received coaching from an early age. He became a founding member of the Strathearn Piano Trio – a group still that enjoys performing together. Finn has been involved in numerous chamber music events and performances in the UK, Europe and further afield: at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Northern College of Music, and at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Los Angeles.
Finn is extremely grateful for the financial support he has received from Caroline Fitzmaurice Trust, The Cross Trust, the Dunard Fund, and the Hope Scott Trust. He is particularly delighted to be the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship’, 2019.
Currently, Finn plays on an old English cello made by Lockey Hill c. 1790.