Meera Maharaj

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Flute

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Now aged 23, Meera Maharaj grew up in Warrington. In 2017, she graduated from Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours and the Emmanuel Prize, having studied with Wissam Boustany, Laura Jellicoe and Juliette Bausor. Previously, she spent six years at the Junior RNCM whilst attending her local school. 

Continuing her studies at postgraduate level with Michael Cox at the Royal Academy of Music, she was grateful to receive a generous entrance scholarship supported by Sir Elton John, and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Derek Butler Award. She is also a Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award holder.

Meera has given solo performances at the Concertgebouw and the Bridgewater Hall with frequent recitals in venues as diverse as a barn in Cumbria and St James’ Piccadilly. She has performed on BBC Radio 3 and at Petworth and Swaledale festivals. She also enjoyed playing with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in the Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte in Montepulciano. She has organised several successful concerts in aid of Warrington Foodbank and Medecins sans Frontieres, in which she has performed with her flute/guitar duo and as a soloist.

Her recent competition successes include first prize in the Royal Academy of Music Flute Competition and 3rd prize in the British Flute Society “Young Artist” Competition. In 2016 she won the Dutch International Flute Competition. She also gained 2nd prize in the RNCM Solo Woodwind Prize and was a finalist in the RNCM Concerto Competition. 

Meera recently won a place in the Pro Youth Philharmonia and has enjoyed playing with many RNCM and RAM ensembles. She is a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, having also played principal flute with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and JRNCM Symphony Orchestras. In the 2015/16 season she greatly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra’s Professional Experience Scheme, leading to performances at Media City, the Bridgewater Hall and in Malvern.

Meera has a great interest in solo performance, chamber music and orchestral playing, hoping to incorporate these disciplines into her professional life in the future.