Concerto Competition

ULSO holds a concerto competition each year, open to its members and reserves. Winners have the opportunity to perform a concerto with ULSO in any future project.

2018/19 Season

Registration for this year's competition is currently closed. Please see below for last year's information and check back in early 2019.

2017/18 Season

The competition will be held over two rounds of auditions in March. The final dates and times will be confirmed in due course.

Round One - Week Commencing 5th March

In Round One, applicants are expected to play the first movement of a concerto lasting no longer than 10 minutes. Successful candidates will progress to Round Two.

Round Two - Week Commencing 12th March

In Round Two, in which the Music Director will be present, candidates will present selected passages from ALL movements of their concerto, totalling no more than 25 minutes. The panel may also ask to hear selected passages, so be prepared to play any part of your concerto.

For all rounds:

The competition is held over two rounds of auditions.

In Round One, applicants are expected to play the first movement of a concerto lasting no longer than 10 minutes. Successful candidates will progress to Round Two.

In Round Two, in which the Music Director will be present, and will ask candidates to perform selected passages or movements from an entire concerto of their choosing. This can be the same concerto as or a different one from Round One

For all rounds:

  • You must bring a copy of the piano or orchestral score of the piece your are peforming for the panel
  • It is strongly recommended for you to perform with an accompanist. Unfortunately, ULSO will not be able to supply an accompanist.
  • The piece or concerto you choose to play in the competition can be the same or different from the one you eventually perform with ULSO.

The winner of the 2017/18 competition is:

Frederico Paixão Flute

Royal Academy of Music
Photo of Frederico Paixao

Portuguese flautist Frederico Paixão freelances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and has also worked with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In his fourth undergraduate year at the Royal Academy of Music, Frederico studies with Samuel Coles, Helen Keen (piccolo) and Lisa Beznosiuk (traverso), where he is supported by a Santander scholarship. He also received the John E Mortimer Woodwind Award from the Philharmonia Martin Music Scholarship Fund in 2016. Frederico has played under conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Ed Gardner, Semyon Bychkov, Oliver Knussen and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has also worked closely with such eminent musicians as Rachel Podger and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and performed at Wigmore Hall. Some of his most influential teachers have included Gitte Marcussson, Emily Beynon, William Bennett, Karen Jones and Nuno Inácio, as well as masterclasses with Vicens Prats, Gaspar Hoyos, Thies Roorda, Jacques Zoon, Trevor Wye, Rachel Brown, Adam Walker and Denis Bouriakov. He has also been coached on piccolo by Keith Bragg, Sophie Johnson and Haika Lübcke.

Frederico started his musical studies at the Academia de Música de Santa Cecília in Lisbon, Portugal, moving to London in 2013 to study with Anna Pope at The Purcell School. He was previously a member of the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil in Lisbon and Principal Flute of the University of London Symphony Orchestra.

Frederico is the 2017/18 winner of the ULSO Concerto Competition and was also chosen to perform William Alwyn's Flute Concerto at the Royal Academy of Music and the Alwyn Festival 2018. He is a founding member of the Daphnis Wind Quintet, winners of the Nicholas Blake Prize at the Academy.

Frederico performed Bernstein's Halil with ULSO on 17 Nov 2018.

Previous winners of the competition include: