Mikhail Timoshenko Wins Wigmore International Song Competition

By Francisco Salazar

Russian bass-baritone Mikhail Timoshenko has won the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

The 25-year-old took home first prize at the international competition on Sept. 11, 2019 winning £10,000.

The £5,000 second prize place was awarded to 29-year-old British soprano Harriet Burns, while third place, with a prize of £2,500, went to British mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor. British tenor Kieran Carrel took home fourth place.

Michael Pandya, the 25-year old British pianist who partnered Harriet Burns, won the £5,000 Pianist’s Prize.

‘The Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition is all about recognizing and encouraging the next generation of great performers and there is no doubt that this thrilling week highlighted many wonderful musical personalities,” Director of Wigmore Hall and chair of the Jury John Gilhooly OBE said in a press release. “The quality of the performances has been outstanding, and it is certain that the future of the great art of song is assured. Congratulations to Mikhail Timoshenko and to all our prize winners. We greatly look forward to hearing them again in future.’

Timoshenko studied at the Mednogorsk Conservatoire and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar. He has won numerous competitions including First Prize at the Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne Competition in Graz, and the Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart.