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York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2015


Thalia Ensemble, winners 2013

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

We are delighted to announce the Finalists for 2015. The NCEM received applications from over 40 ensembles, featuring musicians from 34 countries around the world, and ten talented young ensembles have been selected as Finalists. We look forward to welcoming them to York:  


Further details about the finalists will be available here shortly. 

The York Early Music International Young Artists Competition takes place 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.

On Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July, each ensemble will present a short informal recital under the guidance of soprano and broadcaster Catherine Bott, who will introduce the ensembles to the audience and guide them through the days leading up to the Competition.  The Competition takes place on Saturday 11 July, when the ensembles give their final recital in front of the international panel of judges.  The winners will be announced at the end of the afternoon.  The recitals will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

Prizes include 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

Click on the links at the foot of this page for Rules of Engagement , Prizes , International Jury , Selection Process , Information for FinalistsPrize Winners and Contact

Previous winners have included 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.