Irish-Scottish cellist, Finn Mannion (20), is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree at the Musik-Akademie in Basel, Switzerland with Prof. Danjulo Ishizaka.
Born to Irish parents, Finn grew up in the Highland Perthshire countryside in Scotland. At the age of ten, Finn was awarded a government-funded place at Scotland’s National Music School in Edinburgh, where he studied in the city for seven years with Ruth Beauchamp. Finn then spent a year in Glasgow under the tutelage of Prof. David Watkin and Alison Wells (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), after joining the pre-college program in 2019.
Finn became the youngest ever winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious ‘Julius Isserlis’ scholarship at age seventeen. The following year (2020), he won the Beatrice Huntington Award for Cellists. These awards have allowed Finn to exchange the Scottish Munros for the Swiss Alps and begin his focused studies in Central Europe.
An avid chamber musician, Finn has enjoyed performances alongside Gordan Nikolić, Roman Simović and Celine Flamen, amongst others. A member of the SCS (Scandinavian Cello School) Cello Octet, Finn has been invited to perform at the Vienna Philharmonic Ball in 2023, and is looking forward to a subsequent concert tour in the USA. He has welcomed tutoring from Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo String Quartet, and has had solo masterclasses with cellists including Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, David Cohen and Hannah Roberts. Finn has been principal cellist of all three of Scotland’s National Youth Orchestras.
Currently, Finn plays on an old English cello made by Lockey Hill c. 1790.