Finn Mannion (19), 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, Finn studies with Prof. Danjulo Ishizaka at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland.
Previously, Finn was awarded a government-funded place to study with Ruth Beauchamp at Scotland’s National Music School in Edinburgh (2012-2019). After school, he spent a year in Glasgow under the tutelage of David Watkin and Alison Wells (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) after joining the pre-college program in 2019. At school and pre-college Finn excelled in performance, winning first prize in the recital, and concerto competitions. He was also awarded his school’s Chamber Music Prize and the Calvert Cup for Services to String Music.
Finn won (through audition) the prestigious ‘Julius Isserlis’ Scholarship (2019) from the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, which was awarded to him as their youngest ever recipient. In 2020, Finn was awarded the Beatrice Huntington Award for Cellists. Finn has gained musical inspiration after being selected to perform in masterclasses with reputable cellists including: Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Pieter Wispelwey, Clive Greensmith, Troels Svane, Philip Higham and Hannah Roberts.
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 a passionate chamber musician, Finn has been involved in numerous events and performances in Europe, the UK, and further afield. 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.