BBC Young Musician of the Year
|BBC Young Musician of the Year|
BBC Young Musician of the Year logo
|Awarded for||Exceptional musical talent|
|Presented by||British Broadcasting Corporation|
The BBC Young Musician of the Year is a televised national music competition. It is broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four biennially, despite the name, and hosted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The competition, a member of European Union of Music Competitions for Youth, is designed for British percussion, keyboard, string, brass and woodwind players, all of whom must be eighteen years of age or under on 1 January in the relevant year.
The competition was established in 1978 by Humphrey Burton and Walter Todds, both of whom are former members of the BBC Television Music Department.Michael Hext, a trombonist, was the inaugural winner. In 1994, the usage of percussion instruments was first permitted, alongside the existing keyboard, string, brass and woodwind categories. Since its introduction, the allowance of percussion instruments has increased interest in the competition among young people. The competition has five stages, which consist of regional auditions, category auditions, category finals, semi-finals and the final. As a result of the success of the competition, the Eurovision Young Musicians competition was initiated in 1982. To date, there have been 18 winners, the most recent being Laura van der Heijden. At the age of 12, Peter Moore attained the title for the youngest winner of the competition.
|Year||Name||Instrument||Place of study||Winning age||Notes|
|1978||Michael Hext||Trombone||Royal College of Music||17||Now has an orchestral career, with occasional solo performances|
|1980||Nicholas Daniel||Oboe||Royal Academy of Music||18||Founded the Haffner Wind Ensemble and performed at The Proms'|
|1982||Anna Markland||Piano||Chethams School, Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music||18||Has since developed a reputation as a teacher, adjudicator and singer as Anna Crookes|
|1984||Emma Johnson||Clarinet||Sevenoaks School, Cambridge University||18||Now a solo clarinettist with a repertoire of over 40 concertos|
|1986||Alan Brind||Violin||Royal Academy of Music||17||Has since led the European Union Youth Orchestra and won the Young Musician of the Year award|
|1988||David Pyatt||Horn||Watford Grammar School for Boys||14||Youngest winner of the award at the time, performed at numerous BBC Proms|
|1990||Nicola Loud||Violin||Royal Academy of Music, Juilliard School||15||Has appeared on multiple famous British orchestras and several abroad|
|1992||Freddy Kempf||Piano||Royal Academy of Music, University of London||14||Became the youngest person at the time to win the award, has since released numerous recital discs|
|1994||Natalie Clein||Cello||Royal College of Music, Heinrich Schiff||15||Became the first British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians, performs with several well-known British orchestras|
|1996||Rafal Zambrzycki Payne||Violin||Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal Northern College of Music, Herbert von Karajan Centre||18||Won second prize at the Luxemburg International Violin Competition, performs in orchestras in Europe, the United States, South Africa, The Middle East and Zimbabwe|
|1998||Adrian Spillett||Percussion||Royal Northern College of Music||19||Became the first percussionist to win the award, now performs with an array of ensembles including the 4-MALITY Percussion Quartet. Adrian is also Principal Percussion with the CBSO.|
|2000||Guy Johnston||Cello||Chetham's School of Music, Eastman School of Music||18||A finalist at the Bridgewater Hall, a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, becoming the youngest soloist to appear on the first night of The Proms|
|2002||Jennifer Pike||Violin||Chetham's School of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama||12||At the time, was the youngest ever winner of the award, now appears as a soloist with British orchestras and performed at other BBC events|
|2004||Nicola Benedetti||Violin||Yehudi Menuhin School||16||Performed with the BBC concert orchestra and recorded her debut album with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra|
|2006||Mark Simpson||Clarinet||Royal College of Music, Oxford University||17||Was the Principal Clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with current aspirations to be a music composer. Started studies at the Royal College of Music, but dropped out to go to Oxford University.|
|2008||Peter Moore||Trombone||Chetham's School of Music||12||Youngest winner of the award|
|2010||Lara Ömeroğlu||Piano||Purcell School||16||Nowadays known by the name of Lara Melda|
|2012||Laura van der Heijden||Cello||15|
|†||Person won the competition of that year|
|John Bryan Henry||Piano|
|Richard Henry||Bass Trombone|
|Carla Marta Rodrigues||Viola|
|Sarah Beth Briggs||Piano|
|David Le Page||Violin|
|Rafal Zambrzycki Payne†||Violin|
|Mark Almond||French horn|
|Tim Gibbs||Double bass|
|Angela Barnes||French horn|
|Christopher Parkes||French horn|
Finals for the 2004 competition took place on 2 May at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh and were televised on BBC Two. The trophy used for this year's competition was designed by John Rocha at Waterford Crystal.[A]
|Daniel De Gruchy-Lambert||Trumpet|
|Christopher Pannell||Tenor horn|
|Ellen Hydref Thomas||Harp|
The 2006 finals were held at The Sage Gateshead on 20 May 2006. The adjudicators for this competition were Marin Alsop, Carlos Bonell, Peter Sadlo, Thea King, Sergei Nakariakov, Angela Hewitt and Kathryn McDowell. The overall number of finalists was significantly smaller for this competition.[A]
|Toby Kearney||Percussion||Veni, Veni, Emmanuel||Now a member of the Royal Northern College of Music, his childhood environment encouraged him to be involved in music|
|David Massey||Guitar||Fantasia para un Gentilhombre||Began guitar lesson at eight years old at the Mid Herts Music Centre, with current aspirations for a career involving music; is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London|
|Huw Morgan||Trumpet||Trumpet Concerto (Tomasi)||Principal trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra, began learning piano and other instruments at five years of age|
|Mark Simpson†||Clarinet||Clarinet Concerto (Nielsen)||Winner of the 2006 competition, originally played the keyboard and recorder|
|Cordelia Williams||Piano||Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2||Studied at Chetham's school for 7 years, and is currently studying at the Guildhall School in London.|
The 2008 finals took place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 10 May 2008 and 11 May 2008. In celebration of thirty years of the competition broadcasting, the performances lasted for two days.[A]
|Anke Batty||Lyndhurst, Hampshire||Clarinet||N/A||Achieved Grade 8 distinction in Singing, Piano and Saxophone as well as playing the clarinet|
|Daniel Day||Hayfield||Percussion||N/A||Began playing percussion at the age of three after his father, a professional drummer bought him a drum set; currently studies at the Chetham's School of Music|
|Jadran Duncumb||Ski, Norway||Guitar||N/A||Two time winner of the Norwegian National Youth competition; began playing the Guitar at the age of ten|
|Alexander Edmundson||Lytham St Annes||French Horn||N/A||Began playing the French Horn at seven years of age after hearing Mozart’s Horn Concert No 4.; he studies at Chetham's School of Music and is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain|
|David Elliott||Bournemouth||Percussion||N/A||Began playing percussion at the age of three, and currently studies at the Trinity College of Music after studying at Chetham's School of Music for three years; he held the position of Co Principal in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain percussion section|
|Michael Foyle||Troon||Piano||N/A||Began playing piano at the age of six, and is also a violinist, he has led the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; currently studying at Wellington School|
|Sam Law||Ballymena||Piano||N/A||Began playing piano at the age of six, and now studies at the Ballymena Academy and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin|
|Henry Lindsay||Amersham||Tuba||N/A||Currently studying at The Purcell School of Music, the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain|
|Cecilia Sultana De Maria||Warminster||Harp||N/A||Began playing the Harp at the age of ten while also playing the Piano and Violin, currently studies at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music|
|Erdem Misirlioğlu||Ipswich||Piano||N/A||Studying at the Northgate High School in Ipswich and the Junior Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama|
|Jim Molyneux||Littleborough, Greater Manchester||Percussion||N/A||Started playing percussion at the age of seven and is studying at the Chetham's School of Music|
|Peter Moore†||Stalybridge||Trombone||N/A||Started to play the trombone at the age of six. Held the position of Principal Trombone of the National Children’s Band of Great Britain; he is the youngest musician in this year's competition|
|Kausikan Rajeshkumar||Harrow, London||Piano||N/A||Began playing the piano at seven years of age, and currently Studies at The Purcell School of Music; he has received awards for composing, such as Highly Commended at BBC Proms Composers' Competition 2006|
|Katherine Robb||Bushey||Violin||N/A||Started playing the Violin at eight after being offered free lessons in her school in Essex; she later became a student at The Purcell School of Music, and was the first violinist in the National Youth Orchestra for 2 years|
|Melanie Rothman||Carshalton||Oboe||N/A||Began playing the Oboe at the age of ten, and is studying at The Purcell School of Music, but also studies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and is Principal Oboe of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain after joining just one year previously|
|Jun Sasaki||London||Cello||N/A||Began playing the Violin at the age of four, but switched to the Cello at five; he currently studies at Yehudi Menuhin School|
|Joseph Shiner||East Brent, Somerset||Clarinet||N/A||Began playing the Clarinet at eight years of age; he has since achieved Principal Clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain after two years of membership|
|Rocco Smith||Fife||Flute||N/A||Began playing the Flute in 2004, his influence being when he heard Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; he studied at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh until 2008. He also plays the Saxophone very well|
|Delia Stevens||Normanton on Soar||Percussion||N/A||Studies at Loughborough High School and was influenced to play percussion after seeing the school orchestra performance|
|Matthew White||Bolton||Euphonium||N/A||Studies at Chetham's School of Music, and was Principal Euphonium with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain|
|Finlay Bain||French Horn|
|Anna Douglass||French Horn|
|Alex Hamilton||French Horn|
|Alexander Kelly||Bass Trombone|
|Elizabeth Tocknell||French Horn|
|Jonathan Bates||E flat Tenor Horn|
|Laura Van Der Heijden†||Cello|
Bold indicates performer got through to the final
Italics indicates performer was present at the semi-final stage
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