The 2012 competition
mark 34 years since BBC Young Musician introduced the UK to its first winner,
trombonist Michael Hext. Since that 1978 final, BBC Young Musician has
continued to shine a spotlight on the UK's wealth of exciting, young musical
At the BBC
Young Musician 2010 Final which took place at Cardiff's Wales Millennium
Centre, 16 year old pianist Lara Melda, thrilled us with her performance of Saint-Saëns'
Piano Concerto No. 2 and she was awarded the coveted title by a distinguished
she has been inundated with concert requests including making her professional
debut with the English Chamber Orchestra with Mozart's Piano Concerto K414 and
performances of Mozart and Grieg concerti with the English Sinfonia and Borusan
Philharmonic, Istanbul as well as solo performances at the Istanbul Recital
Series and Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in Switzerland.
Finalists Callum Smart, violin, and Emma Halnan, flute, provided fierce
competition for Lara and are now also in demand across the UK. Callum's
engagements since the Final have included the Glazunov Violin Concerto in a
series of Christmas concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the
Bruch Violin Concerto with the Nottingham Philharmonic and the Dvorák Violin
Concerto with the Warwickshire Symphony and Charnwood Orchestras. Emma has
given several solo recitals along with performances of Mozart's Flute and Harp
Concerto with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Mozart's Flute Concerto
with the Watford Symphony Orchestra.
competition also welcomed back past-finalists and winners in a professional
role, as adjudicators. Michael Collins, Lucy Parham and Anna Markland all sat
on panels at the Category Finals where, as well as adjudicating, they were able
to share their memories and personal experiences of competing in BBC Young
winners and finalists have gone on to major international careers, among them
Barry Douglas, Tasmin Little, Freddy Kempf and Natalie Clein. More recent
winners such as Jennifer Pike, Guy Johnston and Nicola Benedetti are now
enjoying great success, not only as soloists but also as recording artists.
For our TV
and Radio audiences, one of the most exciting aspects of BBC Young Musician is
watching these young performers as they progress through each of the
performance rounds and beyond.
As we launch
BBC Young Musician 2012, we look forward to welcoming a new wave of outstanding
young talent as competitors, all of whom will no doubt have their sights firmly
set on performing in the Final on 13 May, 2012.
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