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2019 competition winners L’Apothéose

Melissa Bradshaw

L’Apothéose win the 2019 York Early Music International Artists Competition

2:45, 15th July 2019

Spanish ensemble L’Apothéose were awarded the first prize at the York International Young Artists Competition this weekend.

The biennial competition, organised by the National Centre for Early Music, featured a day-long series of performances from ten international ensembles. L’Apothéose received a professional recording contract from Linn Records as well as a £1,000 cash prize and opportunities to work with BBC Radio 3 and the NCEM.

The ten finalists were:

  • Consort laurentien (Canada)
  • Due Oratori (Netherlands)
  • Duellists (UK)
  • Duo Arnal-d’Anfray (France)
  • El Gran Teatro del Mundo (Switzerland)
  • El Parnasillo (Spain)
  • ensemble feuervogel (Germany)
  • Ensemble .q.p.i.t. (Switzerland)
  • L’Apothéose (Spain)
  • The Butter Quartet (Netherlands)

L’Apothéose also received two more prizes, the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize and the Eubo Development Trust Prize, while The Butter Quartet were awarded the EEEMERGING+ prize and El Gran Teatro del Mundo the Cambridge Early Music Prize.

Dr Delma Tomlin MBE, director of the NCEM, said: ‘This year’s competition has brought together young musicians of the highest calibre from Europe and beyond and it has been a joy to welcome them to York. A perfect end to nine days of glorious music, the competition has been one of the festival’s highlights and we have been thrilled with the high standard of the music we enjoyed.’

Winners L’Apothéose said: ‘We are so delighted to win not one but three prizes against such fierce competition – it is an amazing opportunity and the recording contract with Linn Records will help our work to be enjoyed by everyone. We have loved being in York with its friendly festival-like atmosphere and we’ve received the warmest of welcomes.’

Highlights of the competition will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show on 28 July at 2pm.


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