Success for CIT CSM Students in National Competition

14 October, 2013



This weekend has been triumphal for Cork, CIT, and two students of the CIT Cork School of Music in particular.

Alex Petcu-Colan (MA, Year 2) is the Irish Freemasons' Young Musician of the Year 2013


Denise Crowley (BMus, Year 3) was awarded the Brennan Prize for being "the most promising musician in the 2013 competition".


Alex made it through a very tough Semi-Final round last Thursday - one that featured 13 of the best young musicians studying in the CIT Cork School of Music; the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama; the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin; or the Irish Music Academy of Music & Dance, UL.  He played with three other semi-finalists in the Final on Saturday night: Adam McDonagh, piano (DITCofM&D); Tamara Niekludow, piano (RIAM); and Róisín Walters, violin (RIAM).  He won by unanimous decision of the 6-member international jury, and the others were placed in the order listed above.

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The students and staff of the CIT Cork School of Music were most upset when Gary Beecher (piano, BMus Year 2) - one of the CSM's four nominees for the competition - was injured in a road accident last Tuesday night.  Thankfully he is recovering well , and will doubtless continue to represent the CSM at the highest level in the future.

Sincerest congratulations are offered to Alex and Denise – their awards are the highest accolades available to young musicians in Ireland.

Keep your eye on the RTÉ Lyric Fm schedule during November because the performances by all four finalists will be broadcast.  Then keep your eye on the RTÉ Concert Orchestra's schedule because, in addition to a very generous cash prize, Alex's will be invited to play a concerto with the RTÉCO in due course.

The competition is organised and very generously sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland, and supported by RTE Lyric Fm


 - Geoffrey Spratt 

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