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York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2017


Watch the recording of the 2017 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition

The competition programme can be downloaded below
International Young Artists Competition 2017 Programme.pdf

The winners of the 2017 York Early Music Festival International Young Artists Competition are:

Main Prize Winner

BarrocoTout (Belgium)

Friends Prize Winner

Rumorum (Switzerland)

Cambridge Early Music Prize

Fieri Consort (UK)

Eeemerging (Emerging European Ensembles) project

Rumorum (Switzerland)

The finalists were:
BarrocoTout (Belgium)
Duo Seneca (Spain)
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)
Find out more about them all here

Highlights from the competition were broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 30 July and are available to listen to again on BBC iPlayer.

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.

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

The International Jury for 2017 were: 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.