For the first time in 35 years, all seven finalists were selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) at the Final Public Auditions held at Wigmore Hall on Thursday 16 May 2019.
Chosen from over 100 applicants in the preliminary rounds, the seven artists selected by the jury were:
- Ben Goldscheider (horn)
- George Harliono (piano)
- Mayumi Kanagawa (violin)
- Maciej Kuɫakowski (cello)
- Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano)
- Theo Plath (bassoon)
- Samuele Telari (accordion)
The final jury consisted of Gaetan Le Divelec (director, Askonas Holt), Angela Dixon (chief executive, Saffron Hall), Kathryn Enticott (director, Enticott Music Management), Dominic Fyfe (senior executive producer, Decca Classics), Stephen McHolm (academy director, Verbier Festival), Alasdair Tait (chief executive & artistic director, YCAT) and Roger Wright CBE (chief executive, Snape Maltings).
Every year, YCAT holds a rigorous audition process which culminates in a final showcase audition at Wigmore Hall. Artists selected for representation are given full general management including professional media and publicity materials, career guidance and international opportunities.
Alisdair Tait, chief executive and artistic director at YCAT, said: ‘All seven finalists displayed the qualities YCAT looks for in a young artist: personality, communication and curiosity. I am truly excited to work with each and every one of them over the coming years.’