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York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2015

Congratulations to Sollazzo Ensemble, Winners of York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2015

Images from the Competition
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Sollazzo Ensemble

Winners of York Early Music International Young Artists Competition: Sollazzo Ensemble
Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize: Sollazzo Ensemble
Eeemerging Project Prize: Consone Quartet and nexus baroque
EUBO Development Trust Prize for the most promising artists: Consone Quartet
Cambridge Early Music Prize: Sollazzo Ensemble

For details of all prizes click here    For dates of the 2017 competition click here

Click here to listen to the highlights from the competition broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 26 July.

Amsterdam Corelli Collective (Netherlands)
Consone Quartet (UK)
Diapason (USA)
Ensemble Ancor (Austria)
Il giorno felice (Poland)
Les Touches (USA)
nexus baroque (Germany)
Royal Baroque (UK)
Sollazzo Ensemble (Switzerland)
The Scroll Ensemble (Netherlands)

For further information about the finalists click here

The York Early Music International Young Artists Competition took place on Saturday 11 July at the National Centre for Early Music as part of York Early Music Festival. This biennial competition for early music ensembles is recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the early music world, and offers a major boost to professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting.

The members of the international jury were: Daniel Bizeray, Director of the Centre Culturel de Rencontre et Festival d'Ambronay; Kati Debretzeni, violinist and Artistic Adviser to the York Early Music Festival; Sally Dunkley, singer and practical scholar,The Sixteen; Philip Hobbs, chief classical producer/engineer at Linn Records and Peter Pontvik, Founder and Artistic Director of Stockholm Early Music Festival. The competition was presented by soprano and broadcaster Catherine Bott, who also introduced the informal recitals in the days leading up to the competition.

A video recording of the recitals in the Competition final can be viewed below. Videos are in order of performance





nexus baroque (Germany)






Prizes included a professional CD recording supported by Linn Records and a place on the first year of EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles . For the full list of prizes click here

"The public exposure we got from having won such a prestigious award, and the subsequent recognition of our work, has opened many doors and new paths for our career." Thalia Ensemble, 2013 Winners. Read more from Thalia Ensemble here

Previous winners have included Thalia Ensemble, Profeti della Quinta, Mhairi Lawson and I Fagiolini. For the complete list of winners click here

View the film made of the 2011 competition:

The York Early Music International Young Artists Competition is supported by the National Centre for Early Music, BBC Radio 3 and Arts Council England, Yorkshire.