Guilhermina Suggia Gift
The Guilhermina Suggia Gift is for exceptionally talented young cellists and is made following competitive audition.
The award was established in 1955 in memory of distinguished Portuguese
cellist Guilhermina Suggia to benefit young cello students, particularly
those aiming to become solo artists. Over the past 50 years the Gift
has been awarded to some of the world's foremost cellists including
Jacqueline Du Pré, Steven Isserlis, Robert Cohen, Raphael Wallfisch and
Julian Lloyd Webber and more recently, rising young cellists Guy
Johnston and Bartholomew La Follette.
Read more about the history of the Guilhermina Suggia Gift
The 2012 Suggia Gift was awarded to Mikhail Nemtsov, a student at the Royal Northern College of Music. Mikhail will represent the UK at the 2013 European Suggia Competition, held in Suggia's home town of Oporto, Portugal. This competition carries a prize of €10,000, the use of Guilhermina
Suggia’s Montagnana cello for two years, and a solo performance with an
orchestra at the Casa da Musica in Oporto.
The 2012 Junior Gift was awarded to Indira Grier. Additional commendations were offered to Oscar Alabau (Senior) and Joshua Mountford (Junior).
Further information about the future of the Suggia Award will be available in 2014.