The Sollazzo Ensemble

Winner of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition revealed

The Sollazzo Ensemble from Basel, Switzerland has won the biennial York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, organised by the National Centre for Early Music, which culminated on Saturday 11 July as part of the 2015 York Early Music Festival. 

The winners received £1,000, opportunities to work with BBC Radio 3, a concert as part of the 2016 York Early Music Festival and a CD recording produced by Linn Records. Consone Quartet from the UK and nexus baroque from Germany, two of the ten finalist ensembles of young musicians from 22 different countries, were both awarded places on the ‘eeemerging’ (Emerging European Ensembles) programme, a large-scale European project promoting the emergence of new talent in early music. ‘eeemerging’ (Emerging European Ensembles). a Large Cooperation Project which received just under €2 million in 2014, is led by The York Early Music Foundation and involves 8 partners

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the National Centre for Early Music, who presented the eeemerging award said: “It has been a tremendous experience to listen to these young musicians. We are particularly delighted to offer Consone Quartet and nexus baroque the vast array of opportunities which the eeemerging European Ensembles programme provides by supporting and organising their projects, and helping them to confront the realities of the early music market in Europe.” 

Photo: The Sollazzo Ensemble