The prestigious biennial York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2011 was won by Profeti della Quinta, a vocal ensemble from Israel and Switzerland. The winning programme, presented by countertenors Doron Schleifer and David Feldman, tenors Dino Lüthy and Dan Dunkelblum and bass Elam Rotem, featured Hebrew settings of psalms and prayers by Rossi and madrigals by De Rore.
The winner of the York Early Music Festival Friends' Prize was the Belgian renaissance vocal ensemble Encantar, comprising soprano Sarah Abrams, mezzo-sopranos Wannah Organe and Kerlijne van Nevel, and alto Soetkin Baptist.
The superb field of 10 ensembles in the Final featured young musicians from 13 countries presenting music from the 13th through to the 19th centuries. The other Finalists were: Borromini String Quartet (UK); Den Haag Piano Quintet (Japan, The Netherlands); Habsburger Camerata (UK, USA, Canada); L'Istante (Switzerland); Les Ombres (France); Le Petit Concert Baroque (France); Quadro Melante (Croatia, Malaysia, Australia and Iran) and Sebastian Chamber Players (USA).
The Competition was presented by violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch and the judges were Elizabeth Kenny,lutenist; Vivien Ellis, singer; Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichordist; Philip Hobbs, Linn Records; Christophe Mangé, Director of Printemps des Arts de Nantes and Xavier Vandamme, Director of the Utrecht Early Music Festival.
Highlights from each final recital were recorded by BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on 25 September 2011.
The next York Early Music International Young Artists Competition will take place from 11 - 13 July 2013. Click here for details.
The Competition is supported by the National Centre for Early Music, BBC Radio 3 and Arts Council England, Yorkshire.