Killian White receives RDS Music Bursary 2018

Cellist Killian White is the winner of the 2018 RDS Music Bursary. Valued at €15,000, the RDS Music Bursary is the single largest annual classical music award in Ireland, and one of the largest in Europe.

Eighteen-year-old Killian, who is currently studying in Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy of Music, will use the prize to help fund his studies in Paris in September under the tutorship of renowned cellist Jerome Pernoo at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CSMNP), as well as masterclasses in London’s Prussia Cove with Steven Isserlis.

Candidates for the RDS Bursary can be Irish born or Irish resident, over eighteen and become eligible by winning one of five specified senior competitions in the ESB Feis Ceoil classical music competition of the same year. The five competitions comprise of piano, strings, woodwind, voice and brass. Winners of these competitions are invited to apply to the RDS and the bursary is awarded based on a detailed outline of their future plans, the outcome of a panel interview and a live performance.

Speaking after receiving his award in Dublin on April 5th, Killian said: “I am delighted to win the RDS Music Bursary. It will greatly help with my plans of becoming a professional musician, something I have dreamed about for many years. I am also already looking forward to the solo performance with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and with Irish Heritage in London next year”.