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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Benjamin Baker joins YCA

3:50, 10th November 2016

Violinist Benjamin Baker has joined Young Concert Artists, Inc. after winning first prize at the organisation’s final auditions.

He was also awarded the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize, the Embassy Series Prize, the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize and the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize at the auditions, which took place at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on 5 November.

Nathan Lee (piano), Zavier Foley (double-bass) and Anthony Trionfo (flute) were also awarded first prize; each will be presented next season in three major debuts in New York and Washington.

The members of the jury for the final auditions were Daniel Philips (violin), Pamela Frank (violin), Marya Martin (flute), Carter Brey (cello), Barbara Allen (harp), James Sinclair (conductor), Gary Graffman (piano), Ilana Vered (piano), Jerome Lowenthal (piano) and Susan Wadsworth (chair and director YCA, Inc.)

Baker studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. He was selected by YCAT in 2013.

He made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in the Tchaikovsky concerto in October 2016.

YCA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to discovering and developing the careers of talented classical musicians. Audition prize winners are selected on the basis of their exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, and individuality. The musicians compete against a standard of excellence, not each other; there is no limit to the number of first prize winners each year, and the jury has the right to select none if none qualify.


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