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News February 2012 James Baillieu awarded BorlettiBuitoni Fellowship Award

Flautist Adam Walker goes into the studio in March to record his debut CD. Working with pianist James Baillieu they will record works by Schubert, Poulenc, Barber, Bartok and Messiaen. The recording forms part of Adam’s Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship award and he is lucky enough to be working with John Fraser, one of the finest classical recording producers around. The sessions will take place at Potton Hall in Suffolk. We will let you know when the recording becomes available for purchase!

Rhodes Piano Trio in Singapore

We are thrilled that pianist James Baillieu has been awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship award for 2012. The award, worth £12,000 will be used to further his career and he hopes to use the money towards curating his own festival, making a CD recording and also commission a new website for himself. Other recent Borletti-Buitoni YCAT recipients include O Duo, Navarra Quartet, Adam Walker and the Heath Quartet, so James is following in good footsteps!

The Rhodes Piano Trio travel to Singapore next month to give a concert and classes at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Part of the “Ones to Watch” series, the trio will give an evening recital on 27th March and then give chamber coaching with the students as well as an open masterclass. Immediately following their return to the UK they go to Aldeburgh for a residency, working on a new piece by the composer Vasco Mendonca. They also make their debut at the festival on the 15th June 2012.

Heath Quartet sign with American Management

We are pleased to announce that the Heath Quartet has been taken on for American representation by Colbert Artists in New York. As a result their debut American tour is currently being planned for the spring of 2014. They are back at Wigmore Hall on 8th and 25th March and will also be taking part in a Wigmore Hall Chamber Challenge project throughout March...a busy time for them!

Great reviews for Kathryn Rudge’s debut with Opera North Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge recently made her debut with Opera North, taking the role of Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Katie received unanimously excellent reviews, the Financial Times saying that ‘Kathryn Rudge’s plucky Sesto manages to be both stylish and moving.’, and the Spectator who said that Kathryn ‘was so moving, so passionate and sang with such forthright ardour.’ Finally the Daily Telegraph; ‘Kathryn Rudge made a brightly spunky and impassioned Sesto, whose duet of parting from her mother Cornelia (an eloquent and dignified Ann Taylor) was one of the evening’s highlights.’ Kathryn appears in her YCAT Wigmore lunchtime concert on the 3rd April. Contact the office for tickets.

Richard Uttley in Banff

Pianist Richard Uttley has been spending the last few weeks at the world-renowned Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, for a residency to work on various repertoire he is performing in the coming months. Alongside both recital and concerto performances Richard plans to record a disc of contemporary music in January 2013, which he has already started learning, such is the difficulty factor of some of it!

Concerts by Bartosz Woroch Violinist Bartosz Woroch’s diary continues to build with forthcoming recitals at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge (17th May) and at the Brighton Festival on the 22nd May (both with pianist Robert Thompson from the Rhodes Piano Trio). He also plays a pre-LSO recital in the Barbican Centre on the 3rd June. If you fancy hearing him in concerto he performs the Elgar Violin Concerto with Slough Philharmonic Orchestra on 10th March. One of the giants of the violin concerto repertoire it promises to be a memorable performance!

YCAT Auditions 2012

This year’s audition process begins in March with 5 full days of candidates being heard in front of expert panels. We have received a record number of applications and predict the process of choosing the ones to go through to the next round will be tricky! The semi-final auditions are scheduled to happen on the 12th and 13th April in the David Josefewitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of music.

Former YCAT artists the Belcea Quartet have recently embarked on an ambitious international survey of all the Beethoven Quartets. They have cycles planned in the UK, Germany, Austria, Sweden and the USA, as well as recordings. More information and articles from the quartet can be found here:

The public finals will take place on Friday 25th May at Wigmore Hall. Sessions at 3pm and 7pm.More details at

YCAT Alumni News

Former YCAT guitarist Morgan Szymanski’s group Machaca perform their Wigmore debut on the 22nd February. The programme will be a feast of Latin American music as well as pieces written especially for the group by Stephen McNeff and James Pearson. More details at

Tenor Ian Bostridge is currently curating his residency at Wigmore Hall on the theme of ‘Ancient and Modern’. Working with such artists as Julius Drake, Angela Kirschlager, The English Concert and Elizabeth Kenny, Bostridge’s aim is to ‘gather together period instruments and modern instruments in a single concert; to show voices operating in both modes (the better to demonstrate that there’s really no difference).’ The concerts go through to July and more information can be found on the Wigmore website at

The Doric String Quartet pictured in Knoxville, Tennessee during their recent tour of the USA.

Artist Photos

Alexandra Dariescu with our own Sue Hudson following a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto at the Barbican. Former YCAT artist Alexander Romanovsly meets Italian president Giorgio Napolitano at a reception in Rome

Philip Higham rehearses for a performance at LSO St Lukes in London

YCAT’s favourite dog Logan (who belongs to Gary from the Heath Quartet) takes over as Chief Executive for a while!

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