Finn Mannion (18), an Irish-Scottish cellist who is ‘going places in supersonic fashion’ (The Courier, August 2019) performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in festivals and at international venues. Currently, he is undertaking conservatoire auditions to begin his Bachelor of Music studies.
From 2019, Finn has attended the Scandinavian Cello School in Denmark, where he is mentored by cellist Jacob Shaw. Previously, Finn was awarded a government-aided place to study with Ruth Beauchamp and Philip Higham at Scotland’s National Music School (2012-2019). At school, Finn excelled in performance, winning first prize in numerous solo recital competitions. He was awarded the school’s Chamber Music Prize and the Calvert Cup for Services to String Music. Alongside school, Finn studied in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Pre-College program, where he received first prize in both the Strings Recital Prize, and the Concerto Competition.
The prestigious ‘Julius Isserlis’ Scholarship (2019) from the Royal Philharmonic Society in London was awarded to Finn as their youngest ever recipient. Recently, he won the 2020 Beatrice Huntington Award for Cellists. These awards have allowed Finn to travel for masterclasses, concerts, and auditions in Europe and America. Over the years, Finn has gained further musical inspiration after being selected to perform in masterclasses with reputable cellists including: Nicolas Altstaedt, Troels Svane, David Watkin, Claudio Bohórquez, Hannah Roberts and Peter Bruns.
Finn made his concerto debut with the festival orchestra of the Ruthven Music Festival (Scotland), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. The debut received positive reviews that described his performance as demonstrating ‘athleticism, stupendous technique and bravado.’ (The Courier, August 2019). As winner of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Pre-College Concerto Competition, Finn will perform Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Chun-Yi Kang in 2020 at Stevenson Hall, Glasgow.
As a passionate chamber musician, Finn has been involved in numerous events and performances in the UK, Europe and further afield. He became a founding member of the Strathearn Piano Trio in 2015 with whom he has performed at festivals including the Queen’s Hall ‘Winterplay’ Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The trio was awarded the ‘Horace Fellows Medal’ on winning the Edinburgh Competition Festival’s open chamber music class. In 2019, Finn and his trio were invited to participate in a visit to the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where they received lessons and tutoring from Clive Greensmith and Scott St John.
Finn has been principal cellist of all three of Scotland’s National Youth Orchestras.
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. Currently, Finn plays on an old English cello made by Lockey Hill c. 1790.