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International Young Artists Showcase, Saturday 1 December 2012

Les Ombres

Borromini Quartet

Den Haag Piano Quintet

Profeti della Quinta

The 2012 York Early Music Christmas Festival was ushered in by a brilliant line-up of young artists from around the world who took part in a special one-day International Young Artists Showcase on Saturday 1 December.

The showcase featured four talented young ensembles, all Finalists in the 2011 International Young Artists Competition, who gave concerts throughout the day in some of the most beautiful and historic churches of York.

Les Ombres (France) started off the day with a concert in the Unitarian Chapel, St. Saviourgate.  Sylvain Sartre flute, Varoujan Doneyan violin, Margaux Blanchard viola da gamba, Jonathan Pesek bass violin and Nadja Lesaulnier harpsichord presented 'Telemann in Paris', a programme of works by Telemann and Rameau.

The Borromini Quartet (UK) followed with a lunchtime concert in the ancient and delightful church of All Saints, North Street.  James Toll, Naomi Burrell violins, Sam Kennedy viola and Peggy Nolan cello performed quartets by Boccherini, Mozart and Haydn in a programme entitled 'Invention and Innovation'.

The final two events of the day took place in St. Margaret's Church at the National Centre for Early Music.  At 3.30pm it was the turn of Den Haag Piano Quintet (Japan and the Netherlands) with a performance of Schubert's evergreen 'Trout' Quintet in A Major by Kae Ogawa fortepiano, Miki Takahashi violin, Adam Roemer viola, Toru Yamamoto cello and Tomoki Sumiya double bass.

The Showcase was rounded off by a fascinating film documentary 'Hebreo: the Search for Salomone Rossi', featuring Profeti della Quinta (Israel), winners of the 2011 International Young Artists Competition.  The film by Joseph Rochlitz shed light on the elusive Jewish violinist who burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. Profeti della Quinta are filmed performing Rossi's extraordinary music in the magnificent setting of Mantua.

Speaking about the events Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM commented: "We are absolutely thrilled to welcome back these wonderful young artists who have gone on to carve out their own very special and successful paths in the Early Music world since taking part in the International Young Artists Competition." 

The Showcase heralded the next York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, which takes place from 11 -13 July 2013 as part of York Early Music Festival.  This prestigious biennial competition for early music ensembles is recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the early music world. Offering a major boost to professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting, it attracts ensembles from all over the world.  The closing date for applications is Friday 25 January.  Full details are available on