Guitarist Sean Shibe, aged 19, has won the Gold medal at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) competition held in London.
Shibe won the overall prize after winning the Strings section award and £5,000 prize money. He is only the second guitarist ever to take the title which comes with £10,000 and a clutch of solo engagements, including at Wigmore Hall.
The other finalists – oboist Suzanne Thorn, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Ashley Fripp – each won £10,000. The Cavaleri Quartet and Cries of London won the two ROSL ensemble awards.
Shibe said he was delighted to have won the award: ‘It has worldwide prestige and I am very much looking forward to the months ahead performing on tour for the ROSL. To be only the second guitarist to win in the ROSL’s 100 year history, is a real honour.’
The ROSL annual music competition has been running for 59 years and is open to musicians under 30 from the UK and Commonwealth or former Commonwealth countries.