Tuesday 19 July 2022

Protean Quartet wins this year's York International Young Artists Competition,

Protean Quartet
Protean Quartet

The Protean Quartet from Germany has been announced as the winners of this year's York International Young Artists Competition, a biennial competition that takes place at the National Centre for Early Music and came as the climax to this year's York Early Music Festival. Playing repertoire that included Josquin des Prez and Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet, the quartet (Javier Aguilar, Edi Kotler violins; Ricardo Gil viola; and Clara Rada cello), fought of competition from finalists including Ensemble Augelletti and Palisander from UK, plus artists from France, Netherlands, and Italy.

The judging panel was Edward Blakeman (BBC Radio 3); Albert Edelman (President, Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne 2019 - 2022); Producer and recording engineer Philip Hobbs (Linn Records); violinist Catherine Mackintosh; and harpsichordist, Professor Barbara Willi. The winning ensemble receives a professional recording contract from Linn Records, £1,000 cash prize, and opportunities to work with BBC Radio 3 and the NCEM.

The Prize for the Most Promising Young Artist, a cash prize of £1000 awarded to the most promising individual instrumentalist or to the most promising ensemble specialising in baroque repertoire was awarded to UnderStories from Italy with works by Benedetto Marcello, Antonio Caldara and Antonio Vivaldi.

Further details and a film of the whole final on the NCEM website.

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