As ever it's been a privilege to hear the wealth of young talent out there, and I've absolutely no doubt these seven young musicians will do us proud as we celebrate music-making at the very highest level.Emma Bloxham, Editor, BBC Radio 3
Date: 07.05.2019 Last updated: 07.05.2019 at 11.38
BBC Radio 3 has announced the seven musicians from around the world who have been selected to join its prestigious New Generation Artists scheme from 2019-2021.
The musicians joining the scheme are: pianists Eric Lu and Alexander Gadjiev, violist Timothy Ridout, mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska, violinist Johan Dalene, the Consone Quartet, and jazz guitarist Rob Luft.
Now in its 20th year, BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme was founded in 1999 with the aim of nurturing and promoting some of the world’s best young musicians at the start of their international careers. Over the past 20 years the scheme has featured a series of major names from the world of classical music today, including violinist Janine Jansen, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and percussionist Colin Currie.
New Generation Artists are given the opportunity to broadcast from some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, make studio recordings, and collaborate with other NGAs in chamber music. Every New Generation Artist performs in Radio 3’s flagship Lunchtime Concert series from Wigmore Hall and there are also opportunities to work with the BBC Orchestras, and for new music commissions.
Through supporting the brightest musicians in reaching the next stage of their careers, the NGA scheme showcases new talent to listeners across the UK through a series of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. Over the past 20 years the scheme has supported well over 100 internationally recognised artists as diverse as pianists Igor Levit and Beatrice Rana, Andrei Ionita (cello), Lawrence Power (viola), Mark Simpson (clarinet), the Pavel Haas and Belcea Quartets, Sean Shibe (guitar), singers including Elizabeth Watts (soprano) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone), jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd, and Gwilym Simcock (jazz piano).
Emma Bloxham, Editor, BBC Radio 3, says: “BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme offers an unrivalled platform to some of the world’s most exceptional young musicians at the start of their international careers. As ever it’s been a great privilege to hear the wealth of young talent out there, and I’ve absolutely no doubt these seven young musicians will do us proud as we celebrate 20 years of music-making at the very highest level.”
Alan Davey, Controller, BBC Radio 3, says: “I’m proud of our New Generation Artists scheme and the opportunities it gives young musicians to develop and thrive. In its 20th year we have an amazing group of young artists who will change the world for the better by making great music. From a string quartet using period instruments to a prominent UK jazz guitarist, we are proud to reflect all different types of music in this year’s selection. I know each will grow singly and also together, as further opportunities to record and perform allows them to fulfil their potential and build on their already considerable achievements. Welcome to the Class of 2019!”
This year’s New Generation Artists will join those who began the scheme in 2018, and listeners will be able to hear from both talent pools throughout the year. The 2018-2020 New Generation Artists who will remain on the scheme for another year are: tenor Alessandro Fisher, cellist Anastasia Kobekina, the Aris Quartet, pianist Elisabeth Brauss, baritone James Newby and soprano Katharina Konradi.
The 2019 - 2021 New Generation Artists are:
Eric Lu - piano (USA)
Eric Lu first came to international attention as a prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17. Most recently he was awarded First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2018.
Eric has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Qatar Philharmonic, at Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Taipei National Concert Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Hall, Auditorio Nacional Madrid and Seoul Arts Centre.
He makes his BBC Proms debut this September with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Long Yu.
Alexander Gadjiev - piano (Slovenia/Italy)
Born in the Italian town of Gorizia, very close to the Slovenian border, Alexander Gadjiev studied with his father and at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Pavel Gililov.
The winner of the 2015 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (where he also took the Audience Prize) and the 2018 Monte Carlo World Piano Masters Competition, Alexander has performed extensively in Japan, and at many of Europe’s major festivals including Verbier, La Folle Journee in France, Ravenna Musica, and Kammermusik Salzburg.
Timothy Ridout - viola (UK)
Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016 and currently studies at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai.
He was awarded First Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, and won the prestigious Thierry Scherz Award at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in 2019.
Sought after as both a chamber musician and soloist, Timothy’s collaborators have included Benjamin Grosvenor, Frank Dupree, Frans Helmerson, Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Pavel Kolesnikov and Kian Soltani among many others.
Upcoming engagements include a residency with the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de Lille, Camerata Salzburg, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Consone Quartet (UK)
Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet (pictured top of page) is dedicated to exploring Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. The winner of the 2016 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize, the Consone Quartet was also awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including a place on the ‘EEEmerging’ - Emerging European Ensembles Scheme - associated with the Ambronay Festival in France and six other early music festivals across Europe.
Recent highlights include an acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall as well as performances at Cadogan Hall, the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, and at the Cheltenham Festival. The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition, performing extensively in Europe. They also toured South America last year.
Johan Dalene - violin (Sweden)
Aged just 18, violinist Johan Dalene is already making an impact on the international music scene, performing with leading orchestras and in important recital halls both at home in Sweden and abroad. He was also recently awarded First Prize at the prestigious 2019 Carl Nielsen Competition.
In 2018, Johan was accepted on to the Norwegian Crescendo programme, as part of which he has worked closely with mentors Janine Jansen, Leif Ove Andsnes and Gidon Kremer. Johan will also appear on stage with Janine Jansen and other members of the programme at the Wigmore Hall in November 2019.
Upcoming engagements include performances with all the major Scandinavian orchestras as well as debuts with both the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic. Johan has also been invited to be an Artist in Residence with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2020-2021.
Rob Luft - jazz guitar (UK)
Twenty five year-old jazz guitarist Rob Luft has already been nominated for a string of awards, including 2018 Breakthrough Act and Instrumentalist of the Year in 2019 at the Jazz FM Awards and Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Concert highlights for Rob have included performances with artists including Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Loose Tubes, and Laura Jurd’s band Dinosaur. As well as leading his own quintet, Rob collaboratively runs several other projects, including a duo with the Albanian jazz/folk singer Elina Duni, a mainstream jazz quartet with Dave O’Higgins playing the music of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, and the nuevo tango quintet Deco Ensemble.
Rob is also a regular member of a multitude of some of London’s finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen’s Four Corners, Eddie Parker’s Airborn, and the Chris Batchelor/Steve Buckley quintet.
Ema Nikoslovska - mezzo-soprano (Macedonia/Canada)
Ema is the recipient of many prizes, including the Guildhall Wigmore Prize, the 2018 Susan Longfield Prize, and First Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the 25th Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. She is currently studying on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Rudolf Piernay.
Notable performances include recitals and masterclasses at the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, Thomas Hampson’s Heidelberger Frühling Lied Akademie, a recital with Malcolm Martineau in Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, and a performance of Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel for mezzo and percussion ensemble at Milton Court Concert Hall for the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Ligeti Total Immersion Day, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Ema’s upcoming engagements include her debut recital at Wigmore Hall with pianist Dylan Perez later this month, Verbier Festival Academy’s Atelier Lyrique, Kaija Saariaho’s Creative Dialogue XI symposium Concert in Finland in August, a recital of French art song with pianist Joseph Middleton for Northern Ireland Opera’s Festival of Voice in Glenarm (broadcast on Radio 3), and a recital with pianist Gary Beecher at the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Notes to Editors
New Generation Artists is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 which offers listeners access to the very best young international talent. The scheme was launched in 1999.
Every autumn, six or seven artists or groups who are beginning to make a mark on the international music scene are invited to join the NGA scheme. They are given the opportunity broadcast from some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, as well as make appearances and recordings with the BBC orchestras and studio recordings for BBC Radio 3.
New Generation Artists have featured in some of Britain’s most prominent festivals, including BBC Proms, the EFG London Jazz Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cheltenham Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.
In partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society, Radio 3 has commissioned a number of works for New Generation Artists, from composers including Simon Holt, Geoffrey Burgon, Augusta Read Thomas, Karin Rehnqvist, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Alexander Goehr.