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York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2015


Thalia Ensemble, winners 2013

2013 Finalists in the NCEM garden
National Centre for Early Music, York
Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 July 2015

Closing date for entries: Friday 23 January 2015

Applications are invited for the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition which takes place at the National Centre for Early Music, York from 9 - 11 July 2015 as part of the York Early Music Festival.

This prestigious biennial Competition is recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the early music world and attracts ensembles from all over the globe. It offers a major boost to young professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting.

This year we are delighted to announce some exciting new prizes. We have also made some changes, with written feedback offered to all entrants and a change to the age eligibility.

The last competition took place in 2013 (for details click here ). Around 50 ensembles applied, with 160 members from over 30 countries round the globe and from those, ten exceptional young ensembles were selected and invited to come to York for the finals. The winners were Thalia Ensemble.

"It was an extremely pleasant and rewarding experience, regardless of the prize we've won. We have only positive words to say about the organisation of the event. Everything was taken care of with great professionalism, dedication, care and attention." Thalia Ensemble in Early Music Today.

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

To take part, ensembles must
  • have a minimum of 2 members
  • focus on historically informed performance practice, playing repertory of any period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on period instruments
  • be available to be at the National Centre for Early Music in York from 8 - 11 July 2015
  • all members must be adults, with the average age of the ensemble being 32 or under on 11 July 2015
The pre-Competition stage is judged by CD. Selected ensembles are then invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York from 8 - 11 July. During Thursday 9 July and Friday 10 July each ensemble will give an informal preliminary recital, introduced to the audience by soprano and radio presenter Catherine Bott. On Saturday 11 July the Competition will take place before an international jury. The announcement of the winners will take place directly after the final concert.

Full application details will be posted shortly.

Rules of Engagement
IYAC Rules of Engagement 2015.pdf

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.