In response to Covid-19, the York Competition will be moved to 13-16 July 2022. Further details and any updates will be posted on this page when available. If you have specific queries, please contact

Competition Dates moving to July 2022


This prestigious longstanding biennial competition for young ensembles takes place at the National Centre for Early Music as part of York Early Music Festival. 

Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the world of early music, the competition attracts musicians from all over the globe, offering a major boost to young professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting, and international exposure. 

Are you an early music ensemble
(minimum 3 members)?
Is the average age of your members 32 years or under (individuals aged 36 and under)?
Do you focus on historically informed performance practice and play repertory of any period from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on period instruments?
“Winning the York competition was an extremely important and prestigious recognition of our career, and taking part was an immensely joyful experience.” L’Apothéose, 2019 winners
"Winning the competition was a turning point in our career, bringing Sollazzo Ensemble to the attention of both a wider audience and professionals throughout Europe, and the opportunity to record a CD with Linn Records marked a decisive step in the continuation of our career. But what we gained was not only professional: it brought us closer together and we also really enjoyed listening to and meeting excellent colleagues and getting to know the warm and encouraging York audience." Anna Danilevskaia, Sollazzo Ensemble, 2015 winners



T: +44 (0)1904 632220


York Early Music International
Young Artists Competition

National Centre for Early Music

St. Margaret's Church


York YO1 9TL

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The York Early Music International Young Artists Competition is supported by the National Centre for Early Music, BBC Radio 3, Arts Council England and Linn Records.

Image: Hans Holbein the Younger. The Ambassadors. 1533. © The National Gallery, London.