Friday 20 October 2023

A once in a lifetime opportunity for early music ensembles across the world!

The Protean Quartet, winners of the 2022 York International Young Artists Competition
The Protean Quartet, winners of the 2022 York International Young Artists Competition

Applications are now open for the 2024 York International Young Artists Competition; the longstanding competition for young ensembles will take place between 10 - 13 July at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) in York, UK as part of York Early Music Festival 2024.

The final takes place on Saturday 13 July, with a day of public performances at the NCEM. The first prize includes a recording contract from Linn Records; a £1,000 prize; opportunities to work with BBC Radio 3; and a concert at the 2025 York Early Music Festival. Other prizes on offer include the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize, the Cambridge Early Music Prize and a prize for The Most Promising Young Artist/s, endowed by the EUBO Development Trust.
The closing date for applications is 15 January 2024.
The competition is open to:

  • Early Music ensembles with a minimum of three members.
  • Ensembles must have an average age of 32 years or under, with a maximum age of 36 years for individuals.

The ensembles must demonstrate historically informed performance practice and play repertory from the period, spanning the Middle Ages to the 19th century, on period instruments.

The Protean Quartet, winners of the 2022 competition, commented, "We were delighted and honoured to win the main prize in 2022. Taking part in the competition was an amazing experience. It was wonderful performing at the NCEM’s home, the beautiful St Margaret’s Church and meeting the other ensemble who were taking part. The prize provides a real boost to our confidence, profile and careers."

Full details from the competition website.

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