New Talent Interview Series 2021

‘New Talent Interviews’ Series is where we chat with the winners of this year’s New Talent Competition’s Royal Academy of Music Prize, British Music Society Prize, Virtuoso Prizes and Age Group 1st Prizes. 

These interviews will be broadcast live through our official Instagram and Facebook pages and will give you an insight into their personal and musical journeys.


Rada Kanjanapruk

Rada is 10 years old and is studying singing and piano in Bangkok, Thailand. Rada is attending Regent’s International School Bangkok.

Rada won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Tianjun Shen

Tianjun is 14 years old and is studying violin at the Central Conservatory of Music High School in Beijing, China.

Tianjun won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Apollo Premadasa

Apollo is 7 years old and is studying cello, trombone, timpani and composition in London. He is attending Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Apollo won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Raymond Wang

Raymond is 13 years old and is studying Clarinet in Sydney, Australia. He is attending Sydney Grammar School.

Raymond won the top prize in the Woodwind & Brass Category – the Virtuoso Prize.


Zhenyi Zhang

Zhenyi is 11 years old and is studying Piano in Shanghai, China. He is attending Pinghe Bilingual School, Shanghai.

Zhenyi won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Mariam Siali

Mariam is 17 years old and is studying Singing in Dubai, UAE. She is attending Dubai College.

Mariam won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Abigail James Lee

Abigail is 9 years old and is studying Oboe in New York, USA. She is attending Heathcote Elementary School.

Abigail won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Emily Hwang

Emily is 15 years old and is studying Viola in San Francisco. She is attending Henry Gunn High School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College.

Emily won the top prize in the Strings Category – the Virtuoso Prize.


James Birch

James is 14 years old and is studying Violin in England, having recently moved from Australia. He is attending Radnor House Sevenoaks.

James won the overall top prize in the New Talent Competition – the inaugural Royal Academy of Music Prize.


Jessica Ellis

Jessica is 17 years old and is studying Oboe and Piano in Warwick, England. Jessica attends The Kingsley School and Junior Royal Academy of Music.

Jessica won an Age Group 1st Prize and an Age Group 4th Prize.


Yixuan Li

Yixuan is 13 years old and is studying flute at the Central Conservatory of Music High School in Beijing, China.

Yixuan won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Josephine Russell

Josephine is 15 years old and is studying Oboe in London. Josephine attends the Godolphin and Latymer School in London and Junior Royal Academy of Music.

Josephine won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Thomas Wang

Thomas is 16 years old and is studying Piano at the Purcell School in England.

Thomas won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Kian Chan

Kian is 14 years old and is studying at the Conservatorium High School, Sydney, Australia.

Kian won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Minduli Vithanage

Minduli is 15 years old and is studying singing in England. She is attending Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

Minduli won the top prize in the Voice Category – the Virtuoso Prize.


Yuxi Yang

Yuxi is 18 years old and is studying harp at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

Yuxi won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Yuhan Chen

Yuhan is 11 years old and is studying violin in Guangzhou, China. She is attending Tongfuzhong Road No. 1 Primary School.

Yuhan won an Age Group 1st Prize.


Parker Van Ostrand

Parker is 18 years old and is attending Stanford University, USA. Parker has been studying the piano since he was 4.

Parker won an Age Group 1st Prize.