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Congratulations to the ten ensembles selected as Finalists.


Welcome to the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. 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. 

Informal recitals Thursday 14 and Friday 15 July

Competition Saturday 16 July

Each ensemble will present an informal preliminary recital. They’ll get the chance to experience the performance space and get to know the audience before the Competition on Saturday 16 July which takes place before an international jury of experts. Come and join us!

“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
“It doesn't feel like a competition, more like a festival with a very friendly atmosphere”
Consone Quartet