Colchester’s best young pianist: Eirys Proselkov

A competition organised by Roman River Music and Fenwick Colchester to seek out the town’s most talented young pianist has identified 14-year-old Eirys Proselkov of Colchester as the winner.

The competition was organised as part of Roman River Music’s Festival ’17, which begins tonight and runs until 1 October.  Ten exceptional entries were received across ten days, with each entrant having to submit a one minute film of themselves performing on a piano installed in Fenwick Colchester.

Entries ranged from age eight upwards and were judged by Orlando Jopling, Artistic Director at Roman River Music, and Carl Milton, Managing Director of Fenwick Colchester.

Orlando Jopling said, “There was a really fantastic range of quality performances by the young people who submitted entries, and we’re delighted to have found such talent among Colchester’s young people. Eirys’ performance was a joy – she has natural musicianship and a beautiful sound, and was the clear winner from a competitive field.”

Eirys Proselkov, who was born in Wales but now lives in Colchester, was announced as the winner yesterday and invited to perform for an audience at Fenwick’s one year anniversary event last night, as well as at a future Roman River Music concert.

Eirys performed a variety of music she chose herself, including Chopin, Bach, Villa-Lobos, Kabelevsky and Albeniz.

Azim Lake, menswear sales assistant from Fenwick Colchester, also performed during the evening.

Roman River Music’s Festival ’17 begins tonight with an opening night performance in Colchester’s old Queen Street bus depot by world-class cellist Matt Sharp, performing pieces by Errollyn Wallen, Arvo Part and John Adams.  Tickets are still available for this and many other events as part of the festival.

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Image: Iris receiving a bouquet of flowers from Carl Milton, managing director at Fenwick Colchester (l) and Orlando Jopling, artistic director at Roman River Music (r).

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