A CELLO student from Broughshane was one of three finalists in the prestigious all-Ireland Flax Trust competition.
Eva Richards attended the 2018 final which was held at a packed Holy Cross Church in Belfast on November 23.
Each competitor had the opportunity to perform a full concerto, accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra.
Eva won the audience vote, and a money prize of £3000, with her performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto.
The overall winner was Kevin Jannson, a pianist from Cork, and the other finalist was flautist Miriam Kaczor from Dublin.
Eva is a former pupil of Broughshane Primary School, where Mrs. Heather Kyle was her first teacher, and Ballymena Academy, where she was taught by Scot Heron, and won the Young Musician of the Year competition in 2013.
In 2014 she went to Manchester to study cello performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Nicholas Trygstad, graduating in June 2018 with a First Class Honours degree.
Since 2013 Eva has spent some weeks in America at residential cello and chamber music courses in Minnesota and New Hampshire.
She has now gained a scholarship to study for a Master’s Degree in cello at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she studies with Professor Anthony Arnone, and has a post as a teaching assistant in the faculty.