BBC Young Musician

6:00pm Sunday 13 May on BBC TWO

BBC Young Musician 2012 reaches a thrilling crescendo as the three gifted finalists make a bid to become the 18th winner of this coveted title.

For the first time since 2006 the biennial event returns to The Sage Gateshead, where the three finalists will perform a concerto of their choice with the Northern Sinfonia, under acclaimed conductor Kirill Karabits.

Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the competitors’ performances and documentary profiles. Joining her and providing insightful comment and analysis of the music are special guests, the distinguished and hugely popular composer Eric Whitacre and rising classical guitar star, Milos Karadaglic. Josie D’Arby will be presenting from backstage, meeting the competitors and getting reactions before and after their performances.

Previous BBC Young Musician winners and finalists have gone on to major international careers, with the likes of Jennifer Pike, Guy Johnston and Nicola Benedetti now enjoying enormous success as soloists and recording artists. The 2010 triumphant winner, pianist Lara Melda, will also be giving a guest performance at this final.

Expect tension, drama and some truly astonishing music-making.

6:00pm Saturday 12 May on BBC TWO

The tension is building and the nerves kicking in, as we reach the semi-final stage of BBC Young Musician 2012, with coverage switching from BBC Four to BBC Two.

The five winners of the keyboard, brass, strings, woodwind and percussion categories go head-to-head at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, each hoping to impress the jury and win one of three places in the final of this prestigious competition.

Making the all-important decisions are composer and performer Tansy Davies; Marshall Marcus, Director of the London Southbank Centre’s Sistema Programme; prominent British pianist, composer and teacher Huw Watkins and Gareth Jones, conductor and founder of Sinfonia Cymru.

Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill goes behind the scenes to give us all the competition news and introduces profiles of the five talented semi-finalists, as well as highlights from their extraordinary performances.

7:30pm Friday 11 May on BBC FOUR

Percussionists James Larter, Richard Rayner, Molly Lopresti, Peter Rayner and Hyun-gi Lee are the last to perform in the BBC Young Musician 2012 category finals, with the hope of a place in the semi-final in sight. But who will take last place in the line-up?

Adrian Spillett, who became the first percussionist to win the BBC Young Musician title in 1998, will be listening carefully to the five performers alongside performer and teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music, Andrea Vogler. Completing the panel is general adjudicator Gareth Jones, who was a member of the music staff of Welsh National Opera for numerous years.

Presenter, musician and writer Clemency Burton-Hill will be guiding the audience at home through all the backstage news, with profiles of the five category finalists and extensive insertions from their performances.

7:30pm Friday 4 May on BBC FOUR

With only two category finals remaining in BBC Young Musician 2012, Charlotte Barbour-Condini (recorder), Jordan Black (clarinet), Lucinda Dunne (saxophone), Luke O’Toole (flute), Charlotte Cox (bassoon) take to the stage this week, to perform in front of an enthusiastic audience and distinguished jury in the Woodwind category.

Acclaimed soloist and the winner of BBC Young Musician in 1984 Emma Johnson joins the panel, alongside Juliette Bausor, principal flautist with the Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, and general adjudicator, conductor Gareth Jones. They will be making the all important decision of who will be performing again in the semi-final.

Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill goes behind the scenes, with profiles of the five category finalists and extensive highlights from their performances. But who will shine through and be chosen to represent their category?

7:30pm Friday 27 April on BBC FOUR

The strings category finals are up next in BBC Young Musician 2012 and this week Julia Hwang (violin), Joel Sandelson (cello), Juliette Roos (violin), Laura Van Der Heijden (cello) and Cristian Grajner-Se Sa (violin) go head-to-head in the hope of winning the category to perform again in the BBC Young Musician 2012 Semi-Final.

Join presenter Clemency Burton-Hill as she goes behind the scenes to give us all the news, with profiles of the five category finalists and extensive highlights from their performances. Giving their verdicts on the evening’s five performers will be principal cellist of the Welsh National Opera Rosie Biss and leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lesley Hatfield. General adjudicator across the category finals is conductor Gareth Jones.

Not only has the event become one of the BBC’s longest-running music series, it also has a special place in the cultural life of the UK. Over 450 applications were received for 2012, with 404 hopefuls auditioned across the United Kingdom during the regional stages.

7:30pm Friday 20 April on BBC FOUR

This week, BBC Young Musician 2012 turns the spotlight on the brass category as five talented performers take to the Dora Stoutzker Hall stage at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill goes behind the scenes to capture the latest news, with profiles of the five category finalists and extensive highlights from their performances. Each instrumentalist will be hoping to win the category and take their place in the BBC Young Musician 2012 Semi-Final.

The brass category finalists are Jonathan Bates on E flat Tenor Horn, Elzbieta Young on Trumpet, Christopher Dunn on Tuba, Elizabeth Tocknell on French Horn and Alexander Kelly on Bass Trombone.

Having already survived two tough audition rounds they will be out to impress a respected panel of adjudicators, including Naomi Atherton who won the Brass Final of BBC Young Musician in 1984 and David Childs – also a winner of the BBC Young Musician brass category. General adjudicator across the category finals is conductor Gareth Jones.

7:30pm Friday 13 April on BBC TWO

From 404 hopefuls who auditioned across the United Kingdom for BBC Young Musician 2012, 122 were selected to be heard at the category auditions. Now only 25 young performers remain in the category finals, with the keyboard final opening the series.

With an opportunity to impress the panel of adjudicators and reach the final in May, this week sees Dominic Degavino, Victor Lim, Yuanfan Yang, Adam Boeker and Martin Bartlett take to the stage.

Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the five with extensive highlights from their performances, as they bid to become a category winner and gain a place in the semi-final.

Adjudicated by conductor Gareth Jones, Richard McMahon, head of the Keyboard department of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Ronan O’Hora, head of Keyboard studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, who will be selected to perform again and represent their category?

At the end of what proved to be a sensational Final, pianist Lara Ömeroğlu, 16, from Watford, has been announced the winner of BBC Young Musician 2010. Her co-finalists, flautist Emma Halnan and violinist Callum Smart also thrilled the audience with their performances.

The Final, held on Sunday 16 May at the Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, was broadcast on BBC Two and Radio 3 and was the climax of months of qualifying rounds, with 25 talented musicians making it to five Category Finals.

The five semi-finalists were then reduced to three finalists, who delighted the audience at the Theatre with their exceptional performances. They all performed a concerto of their choice with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

Lara receives the coveted title of BBC Young Musician 2010, a £2,000 cash prize and a trophy, specially designed by Swansea jewellery designer Mari Thomas.

Lara is a student of the Purcell School, with a full scholarship under the Government’s Music and Dance scheme. She is also the 2009-2010 recipient of the Purcell School Friends’ Scholarship. She was chosen by the Purcell School to perform at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Scarlatti Festival, where she was one of only three selected for performance and interview on BBC Radio 3.

Her long list of achievements includes the overall winner of the West London Pianoforte Festival and finalist at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar.

Lara loves playing the piano as a soloist and chamber musician, and is also an accomplished viola player, leading the viola section of the Purcell Sinfonia. Her chosen concerto was Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22.

A tearful and visibly shocked Lara was asked for her reaction from the stage.

“I just want to thank everyone who supported me and believed in me and I’m just really happy!” she said.

There was also a treat for the audience at the Donald Gordon Theatre, with a performance by Peter Moore, the youngest ever BBC Young Musician, who won in 2008.

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