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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Radio 3 announces New Generation Artists 2016-18

1:02, 30th August 2016

Radio 3 has announced the New Generation Artists intake for 2016-18:

The artists will work with the BBC orchestras, perform in Radio 3’s Monday Lunchtime Concerts at Wigmore Hall and at festivals around the UK, commission new work, and make studio recordings.

Amatis Piano Trio Photo: Marco Borggreve
Amatis Piano Trio
Photo: Marco Borggreve

The Amatis Trio (Lea Hausmann, violin; Samuel Shepherd, cello; Menhjie Han, piano) was founded in Amsterdam in 2014. Weeks after forming, the trio won the audience prize at the Grachtenfestival-Concours in Amsterdam, and has since won the 2015 International Parkhouse Award and second prize at the International Joseph Joachim Competition.

Romanian cellist Andrei Ionita won first prize at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, second prize and special prize at the 2014 International ARD Music Competition, and second prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann competition 2014.

British bass-baritone Ashley Riches studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House from 2012 to 2014. He has also performed at English National Opera and the Opéra National de Lorraine, and has given recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall and the Barbican.

The Calidore String Quartet won the 2016 inaugural M-Prize Chamber Music Competition and was the first North American ensemble to win a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. The quartet recently began a three-year residency with the CMS Two programme at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad

Norwegian violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is currently studying with Soon-Mi Chung and Henning Kraggerud at the Barratt Due Institute of Music. He won the Eurovision Young Musician in Vienna in 2012 and has also received the Arve Tellefsen Prize, the Karoline Prize and the Statoil Award.

Egyptian soprano Fatma Said studied with Renata Faltin at the Hanns Eisler Music School in Berlin, and will sing Pamina in Teatro alla Scala’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte later this year. She won first prize, public prize and the Mozart award at the 8th Veronica Dunne International Opera Competition in Dublin, and first prize at the 2013 Leyla Gencer competition.

The 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, showcasing new talent to listeners across the UK via a series of Radio 3 broadcasts. It has supported musicians including Benjamin Grosvenor, Alison Balsom, the Belcea Quartet, Christine Rice and Gwilym Simcock.

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