BBC Young Musician category finalists announced

Violinist Nicola Benedetti to take on ambassadorial role for 2014 competition

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Nicola BenedettiThe 25 finalists for BBC Young Musician 2014 have been announced ahead of the category finalis that will take place in March at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

The competition manager, Kerry Clark, said: ‘The category finalists show a remarkable level and breadth of talent. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with these outstanding young musicians over the coming months and watching their progress through to the 2014 final.’

The finalists in each category are:

Strings:
William Dutton (18) – violin
Anna Im (16) – violin
Elizaveta Tyun (18) – violin
Roberto Ruisi (17) – violin
Juliana Myslov (17) - harp

Keyboard:
Martin Bartlett (17) - piano
Ning Hui See (17) – piano
Hayley Parkes (18) - piano
Julian Trevelyan (15)  - piano
Isata Kanneh-Mason (17) - piano

Woodwind:
Hannah Foster (17) - flute
Daniel Shao (18) - flute
Jessika Gillam (15) - saxophone
Nick Seymour (17) - saxophone
Sophie Westbrooke (15) - recorder

Brass:
Ellena Newton (14) - trombone
Isobel Daws (14) - trombone
Matilda Lloyd (18) - trumpet
Lewis Bettles (18) - trombone
William Thomas (13) – trumpet

Percussion:
Matthew Farthing (17)
Elliott Gaston-Ross (15)
Jess Wood (16)
Tom Highnam (17)
Stefan Beckett (18)

The category finals will take place 3-7 March 2014 in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. This will be followed by the semi-final on 9 March before the final of the competition at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 18 May.

For the first time, this year’s competition will include a jazz category, for which finalists will be announced in February. The jazz final will take place on 8 March at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti (pictured above), who won the competition in 2004, takes on an ambassadorial role for BBC Young Musician this year.

The competition will be covered on BBC Four and Radio 3. For more information, visit the BBC Young Musician website.