The 2012 winners of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) Development Trust prize have been announced. Lea Rahel Bader and Jean Rondeau were both presented with the award which supports young European musicians at the beginning of their careers.

The EUBO Development Trust gives awards to musicians performing at early music competitions throughout Europe. Competitions this year included the MA International Competition, the XVIII Bach Competition and the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition.

Bader came away with EUBO’s prize at the XVIII Bach Competition, Leipzig in July. The baroque cellist is studying historical performance in Frankfurt, as well as performing in a number of baroque ensembles including Rheinsberger Hofkapelle 2012, an ensemble-in-residence at the castle of Rheinsberg.

Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau competed at the MA International Competition, Brugge in August. The 23-year-old was also announced as the joint winner of Musica Antiqua’s harpsichord competition. Rondeau is currently studying as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Last year’s EUBO prize was awarded to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment trainee Anne Freitag. She won when competing in the International Competitions in Melk, Bad Liebenwerda and Brugge, at all of which she was granted first prize in 2011.

Bader and Freitag are both members of EUBO 2012, and the orchestra claims that there is ‘no serious professional baroque ensemble in the world that does not include at least one former EUBO member.’

For more information about EUBO and the Development Trust Prize visit www.eubo.eu/Support-us