Simon Wildman, a second year Doctoral student at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, was recently awarded Second Prize at the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, Germany. The competition is held for tuba once every four years, rotating among other orchestral instruments, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious international solo competitions for many orchestral instruments. The field of competitors began with approximately 50 tubists from around the world and was narrowed through four rounds of competition, culminating in a final round performance of the "Concerto for Bass Tuba" by Ralph Vaughan Williams accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Theatre Plauen/Zwickau. Wildman was awarded a cash prize as well as future performance engagements and opportunities in Europe.
Wildman is a student of associate professor of tuba and euphonium David Zerkel.
Image: Wildman congratulated by the maestro at the competition performance.