Finalists Announced for York Early Music International Young Artists Competition July 2013

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The 2013 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition will welcome musicians from 16 different countries around the world to the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), York from 11 – 13 July as part of the 2013 York Early Music Festival.

The biennial Competition, which is recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the early music world, offers a major boost to professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting. The ten finalists are:Der Musikalische Garten (Germany); Duo 1702 (Denmark); Duo Domenico (UK); Ensemble Daimonion (Switzerland); Ensemble Versailles (Germany); Les Mélomanes (UK); On Air (Germany); Repicco (UK); Seldom Sene (Netherlands) and the Thalia Ensemble (Netherlands).

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the NCEM says: “We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s response and are looking forward to welcoming a real wealth of international talent to York for what promises to be a very exciting three days. The Competition is very much about developing excellence in these early music ensembles at the outset of their careers. We are passionate about providing highly professional and experienced advice and guidance across all performing disciplines in a nurturing and inspiring environment.”

Each ensemble will present a short recital under the guidance of the distinguished singer, coach and language specialist, Richard Jackson, as well as taking part in the Competition which will be judged by: Laurence Cummings, conductor and harpsichordist; Bart Demuyt, director of the Laus Polyphony Festival in Antwerp and of the Alamire Foundation; Philip Hobbs, classical recording producer and engineer; Wieland Kuijken, one of the most influential pioneers of the viola da gamba and the composer and performer Stevie Wishart.

The winners will receive a cheque for £1,000; opportunities to work with BBC Radio 3 and feature on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show; a concert as part of the 2014 York Early Music Festival and a CD recording professionally produced by Linn Records. Special prizes include the EUBO Development Trust Prize for the most promising young artist(s) and York Early Music Festival Friends Prize.

The Competition is supported by the National Centre for Early Music, BBC Radio 3 and Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More details are available from