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Friday, 27 May 2022

Young Composers and Young Concert Artists

Adam Possener winner of 19 to 25 years category NCEM Young Composers Award for 2022
Adam Possener winner of 19 to 25 years category NCEM Young Composers Award for 2022

The final of the 15th National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award took place last week at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) in York, whilst the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) held its first public auditions for two years.

The NCEM Young Composers Award for 2022, presented in partnership with BBC Radio 3, was live-streamed on 19 May 2022. The winner in the 19 to 25 years category was Adam Possener with 52°N 20.5° E and the 18 years and under category winner was Christopher Churcher with Arborescent.

Compositions by the young eight finalists at the Awards were played by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Consone Quartet – who specialise in performances with period instruments using gut strings. The programme for the concert also included String Quartet in D, op 71 no.2 by Franz Josef Haydn. 

Christopher Churcher’s Arborescent and Adam Possener’s 52°N 20.5° E will be premiered by the Consone Quartet at Stour Music festival on Friday 24 June 2022 and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

Full details from the Young Composers Award website

The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) held its first live public auditions finals for two years at Wigmore Hall on 19 May 2022. Eight finalists had been chosen from over 150 applicants and the winner was Israeli clarinet player Jonathan Leibovitz, who is currently completing his studies at the Music Academy in Basel with François Benda, and who will now join the YCAT roster.

Jonathan Leibovitz
Jonathan Leibovitz

Full details from the YCAT website.

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