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The Ycat finals are set to take place in London's prestigious recital venue, Wigmore Hall; both sessions are open to the public

Claire Jackson

Ycat finalists prepare for public auditions

8:00, 4th April 2018

The Young Classical Artists Trust (Ycat) has named the eight artists who will appear in this year’s public final auditions.

The finalists – who have already progressed through two rigorous selection rounds from an initial 110 applications – will perform a 25-minute recital in front of a jury of industry bigwigs.

Three pianists – Ke Ma, Jonathan Ferrucci and Guiseppe Guarrera – have made the shortlist, as have two violinists, Jonian-Ilias Kadesha and Julia Pusker. Two woodwinders, saxophonist Jonathan Radford and recorder player Tabea Debus, will also perform. Brass quintet A4 is the only ensemble to have been selected.

Ycat supports artists who show they have the potential for a sustained career in classical music. The charity supports a number of musicians over an extended period. Past artists include James Baillieu (2010–14), O Duo (2005–09) and Alison Balsom (2001–04).

The Ycat finals take place at London’s Wigmore Hall on 24 May. The results will be announced on the evening.

Tickets are on sale now for both sessions:

3pm session:
Jonathan Radford saxophone (3pm)
Julia Pusker violin (3:30pm)
Guiseppe Guarrera piano (4pm)
A4 brass quartet (4:30pm)

7pm session:
Ke Ma piano (7pm)
Jonian-Ilias Kadesha violin (7:30pm)
Tabea Debus recorder (8pm)
Jonathan Ferrucci piano (8:30pm)

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