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York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2017

Sollazzo Ensemble, 2015 winners

Thalia Ensemble, 2013 winners

Profeti della Quinta, 2011 winners

Consone Quartet
National Centre for Early Music, York
12 - 15 July 2017

We are delighted to announce the Finalists of the 2017 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. Ten talented young ensembles were selected from 38 applicants, featuring musicians from 33 countries around the world. We look forward to welcoming them to York:  

BarrocoTout (Belgium)
Duo Seneca (Switzerland)
Ensemble Agamemnon (France)
Ensemble Molière (UK)
Fieri Consort (UK)
Il Botto Forte (Switzerland)
Le Palais des Songes (France)
Les Contre-Sujets (France)
Rumorum (Switzerland)
The Counterpoints (Netherlands)
Further details about the ensembles will be available soon.

The York Early Music International Young Artists Competition takes place every two years as part of York Early Music Festival. Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent, it attracts musicians from all over the globe, offering a major boost to young professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting, and international exposure. 

On Thursday 13 and Friday 14 July, each ensemble will present a short informal recital under the guidance of performer and musicologist John Bryan 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 15 July, when the ensembles give their final recital in front of the international panel of judges.  The announcement of the winners will take place directly after the final concert. The recitals will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

Prizes  include a professional CD recording supported by Linn Records and a route to the prestigious eeemerging project. 

The International Jury for 2017 are:  Graham Dixon , Margaret Faultless , Philip Hobbs , Pedro Memelsdorff and Giulio Prandi

"Winning the competition was a turning point in our career: Sollazzo Ensemble was brought to the attention of both a wider audience and professionals throughout Europe, and the opportunity to record a CD with Linn Records marks a decisive step in the continuation of our career. But what we gained was not only professional: it was a big adventure for our ensemble which brought us closer together. We also really enjoyed attending the rest of the competition, listening to and meeting excellent colleagues and getting to know the warm and encouraging York audience."  Anna Danilevskaia, Sollazzo Ensemble, 2015 winners

"It didn't feel like a competition, more like a festival with a very friendly atmosphere."  Agata Daraskaite, Consone Quartet, winners of the eeemerging prize and EUBO Development Trust prize 2015

Winners from previous years have released the following CDs with Linn Records as part of their prize:

2015 winners Sollazzo Ensemble made a recording here at the NCEM in July 2016. Watch this space for news!  

2013 winners Thalia Ensemble recorded Reicha: Wind Quintets 
2011 winners Profeti della Quinta recorded Salomone Rossi: Il Mantovano Hebreo

2009 winners Ensemble Meridiana recorded Tastes of Europe: Telemann Trios & Quartets 

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