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History

It's now 38 years since BBC Young Musician (Young Musician of the Year) first appeared on our TV screens. The brainchild of BBC producers Humphrey Burton, Walter Todds and Roy Tipping, the competition has developed an enviable reputation for finding superstar musicians. The winners are listed below.

Year Name Instrument
2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason Cello
2016 (Jazz Award) Alexandra Ridout Trumpet
2014 Martin James Bartlett Piano
2014 (Jazz Award) Alexander Bone Saxophone
2012 Laura van der Heijden Cello
2010 Lara Melda Piano
2008 Peter Moore Trombone
2006 Mark Simpson Clarinet
2004 Nicola Benedetti Violin
2002 Jennifer Pike Violin
2000 Guy Johnston Cello
1998 Adrian Spillett Percussion
1996 Rafal Zambrzycki Payne Violin
1994 Natalie Clein Cello
1992 Frederick Kempf Piano
1990 Nicola Loud Violin
1988 David Pyatt Horn
1986 Alan Brind Violin
1984 Emma Johnson Clarinet
1982 Anna Markland Piano
1980 Nicholas Daniel Oboe
1978 Michael Hext Trombone
Humphrey Burton hosting the very first BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1978.