BBC Radio 3 has this week announced the seven musicians from around the world who have been selected to join its prestigious New Generation Artists scheme from 2019-2021.

The musicians joining the scheme are:

  • Pianists Eric Lu and Alexander Gadjiev
  • Violist Timothy Ridout
  • Mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska
  • Violinist Johan Dalene
  • The Consone Quartet
  • Jazz guitarist Rob Luft

Now in its 20th year, BBC Radio 3’s 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. Previous artists from the world of classical music today include violinist Janine Jansen, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and percussionist Colin Currie.

Through supporting the brightest musicians in reaching the next stage of their careers, the NGA scheme showcases new talent to listeners across the UK through a series of Radio 3 broadcasts. New Generation Artists are given the opportunity to broadcast from some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, make studio recordings, and collaborate with other NGAs in chamber music.

Alan Davey, BBC Radio 3 controller, said: ‘From a string quartet using period instruments to a prominent UK jazz guitarist, we are proud to reflect all different types of music in this year’s selection. I know each will grow singly and also together, as further opportunities to record and perform allows them to fulfil their potential and build on their already considerable achievements. Welcome to the Class of 2019!’

Emma Bloxham, BBC Radio 3 editor, said: ‘As ever it’s been a great privilege to hear the wealth of young talent out there, and I’ve absolutely no doubt these seven young musicians will do us proud as we celebrate 20 years of music-making at the very highest level.’

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