Finn Mannion (18), an Irish-Scottish cellist who is ‘going places in supersonic fashion’ (The Courier, August 2019) performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in festivals and at international venues. Currently, he is undertaking conservatoire auditions to begin his Bachelor of Music studies.
Currently, Finn studies with Prof. David Watkin and Alison Wells at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland after joining the pre-college program in 2019. Finn has attended the Scandinavian Cello School in Denmark on numerous occasions, where he is mentored by cellist Jacob Shaw. Previously, Finn was awarded a government-aided place to study with Ruth Beauchamp at Scotland’s National Music School in Edinburgh (2012-2019). At school, Finn excelled in performance, winning first prize in numerous recital competitions. He was awarded the school’s Chamber Music Prize and the Calvert Cup for Services to String Music.
Finn won the prestigious ‘Julius Isserlis’ Scholarship (2019) from the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, which was awarded to Finn as their youngest ever recipient. Recently, he won the 2020 Beatrice Huntington Award for Cellists. These awards have allowed Finn to travel for masterclasses, auditions and competitions in Europe and America. Over the years, Finn has gained musical inspiration after being selected to perform in masterclasses with reputable cellists including: Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Pieter Wispelwey, Clive Greensmith, Hannah Roberts, Philip Higham, Troels Svane, Claudio Bohórquez, Xenia Jankovic, Matias de Oliveira Pinto, and Peter Bruns.
Finn made his concerto debut with the festival orchestra of the Ruthven Music Festival (Scotland), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. The debut received positive reviews that described his performance as demonstrating ‘athleticism, stupendous technique and bravado.’ (The Courier, August 2019). As winner of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Pre-College Concerto Competition, Finn was scheduled to perform Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Chun-Yi Kang in 2020 at Stevenson Hall, Glasgow. Due to Covid-19, this performance was sadly cancelled and so instead Finn and Chun-yi performed together online.
As a passionate chamber musician, Finn has been involved in numerous events and performances in the UK, Europe and further afield. In July 2020, Finn was invited to cover for Narek Hakhnazaryan at the Festival ‘Da Orchestra Camera della Sardegna’, performing Schubert’s String Quintet in C major alongside Roman Simović, Gordan Nikolić, Milena Simović and Celine Flamen. He became a founding member of the Strathearn Piano Trio in 2015 with whom he has performed at festivals including the Edinburgh Queen’s Hall ‘Winterplay’ Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2019, Finn and his trio were invited to participate in a visit to the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where they received lessons and tutoring from members of the Tokyo, and St Lawrence String Quartets.
Finn has been principal cellist of all three of Scotland’s National Youth Orchestras.
Finn is extremely grateful for the financial support he has received from Caroline Fitzmaurice Trust, The Cross Trust, the Dunard Fund, and the Hope Scott Trust. Currently, Finn plays on an old English cello made by Lockey Hill c. 1790.