Ross battles international brass

Carnoustie tuba player Ross Knight
Carnoustie tuba player Ross Knight

Carnoustie tuba player Ross Knight narrowly missed out being crowned the European Soloist Champion for 2014 at an international festival in Perth.

However, Ross (21) did win the prize for best tuba player at the European Festival of Brass at the weekend and his second placing in the soloist championship earned him an impressive €2,000.

Overall winner was Norwegian trombonist Vidar Nordli and in third place was Philippe Schwartz, an euphonium player from Luxembourg, out of an original field of 28 international brass musicians.

The European Soloist Champion competition set the pieces for the players, with Ross playing Peter Meechan’s ‘Shine’, which was very well received by the judges.

The European Soloist Championships is held every four years and Ross first took part at the last one in Linz, Austria, where he placed fifth and was
 again named best tuba player.

Speaking after the competition Ross said: “This has been a great opportunity for me and the standard of playing has been brilliant. Vidar and Philippe 
were outstanding this evening.”