BBC Young Musician Announces 2016 Category Finalists

ulian Trevelyan among keyboard finalists at Young Musician 2016

The BBC Young Musician category finalists across Keyboard, Woodwind, Percussion, Brass and Strings have been announced. Julian Trevelyan (pictured) is one of the five keyboard finalists, and should be a firm favourite having come top at the Long Thibaud Crespin competition in October last year.

The five keyboard finalists are:
Jackie Campbell (15) – piano
Tomoka Kan (17) – piano
Harvey Lin (13) – piano
Julian Trevelyan (17) – piano
Yuanfan Yang (19) – piano

The category finals for the keyboard section will take place on 6 March at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, in front of jury and audience. The semi-final (all categories) takes place on 13 March 2016.

Three musicians will be selected to go through to the final of BBC Young Musician, which will take place on 15 May 2016 at the Barbican in London in front of an audience and a panel of adjudicators. This is the first time the final has taken place in the capital for 14 years.

The three finalists will play a concerto and be accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

BBC Young Musician will be broadcast extensively on BBC Four with complementary programming on BBC Radio 3.

Now in its 38th year, BBC Young Musician is a part of the BBC’s ongoing commitment to supporting and providing a platform for new and emerging talent. Since its first outing in 1978 the competition has established an enviable reputation for finding outstanding new talent. Seventeen-year-old pianist Martin James Bartlett was awarded the title BBC Young Musician 2014 and has since given acclaimed solo recitals in concert venues across the UK, made his debut at the BBC Proms (2015) and appeared as part of the BBC’s 2014 charity single, ‘God Only Knows’.

Martin James-Bartlett, 2014 BBC Young Musician, commented: ‘BBC Young Musician has been the most exhilarating and inspirational musical experience of my life! Winning the title has launched my solo performing career and for that I am immensely grateful. I would like to wish every category finalist the best of luck for their upcoming performances!’

Martin takes his place alongside a star-studded list of former BBC Young Musician winners and finalists that includes Thomas Adès, Alison Balsom, Nicola Benedetti, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Jennifer Pike and Paul Watkins.

Following its successful launch in 2014, the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award will return in 2016, running alongside the established classical music format and comprising two audition stages followed by a final on 12 March to be held at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The Jazz Award finalists will be announced at the end of January 2016.

Tickets to the final are now on sale.