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Jul 23, 2019


L’Apothéose from Spain scooped the prestigious first prize at the York International Young Artists Competition, against fierce competition from nine other highly talented international ensembles at this year’s
Early Music Festival.

The four musicians also picked up two more prizes, the Friends Of York Early Music Festival Prize and the EUBO Development Trust Prize For The Most Promising Young Artists, while the EEEMERGING+ prize, giving direct access to the international scheme, was awarded to The Butter Quartet.

The Cambridge Early Music Prize of a paid concert in Cambridge was awarded to El Gran Teatro del Mundo.

This internationally acclaimed biennial competition organised by the National Centre for Early Music featured a day-long series of performances from the ten ensembles, a fitting finale to nine days of world-class music presented in stunning venues around the city.

The musicians came from 14 different countries, spanning four continents, and presented their final recital to a distinguished panel at the NCEM in York on July 13th.

At the end of the competition Bart Demuyt who chaired the judging panel said: “What a wonderful day it has been in York and the calibre of music we have heard has been outstanding. L’Apothéose demonstrated extraordinary talent and we wish them, and indeed all the competitors, the very best of luck in their future careers. I would also like to thank the festival for the work they are doing to promote the young generation of musicians.”

Dr Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the National Centre for Early Music, added: “A perfect end to nine days of glorious music, the competition has been one of the festival’s highlights and we have been thrilled with the high standard of the music we enjoyed.”

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