UK’s finest young musical talent recognised with prestigious awards

Making Music, the UK’s membership organisation for leisure-time music groups, is delighted to announce the new 2018 Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (PDGYA). Following a preliminary selection round, 65 young musicians under 27 were auditioned by a distinguished panel of experienced musicians, chaired by Dr Christopher Fifield and including conductor and composer Peter Ash, pianist Daniel Tong and voice specialist Jane Irwin.

The 2018 Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists (see end page for biographies) are:

Lewis Banks saxophone

Emma Halnan flute

Catriona Hewitson soprano

Toby Hughes double bass

Alexandra Lomeiko violin

Ugnius Pauliukonis piano

Funded by the Philip & Dorothy Green Music Trust, a legacy of composer Philip Green, which supports the development of young musicians and composers, the PDG Young Artists will now be available for bookings by Making Music members for the next two years with substantial subsidies.

The scheme allows young musicians at the start of their careers to build up valuable contacts and experience presenting concerts all over the UK, and enables Making Music members to engage the stars of tomorrow at an affordable rate.

Past alumni of the PDGYA - which has been running since 1961 - include Stephen Isserlis, Joo Yeon Sir, Mark Simpson, Ian Bostridge, and Roderick Williams.

For more information contact Natalie Joanes:

020 7939 6041
natalie@makingmusic.org.uk              

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Notes to editors

About Making Music

Making Music is the UK’s organisation for leisure-time music, with a membership of over 3,300 music groups across the UK comprising around 180,000 individuals.

We support, stand up for and celebrate groups of people making and presenting music together in their leisure time across the UK.

The practical services and artistic support we provide allow our members – ranging from symphony orchestras to samba bands, from choral societies to community choirs – to thrive and develop, so that more individuals and their communities can reap the benefits of engagement with music.

We are also the voice of leisure-time music to policymakers and stakeholders at a national and regional level, and create opportunities to celebrate leisure-time musical activity in all its breadth and variety.

About the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists

The Young Artists award was created in 1961 and has helped to launch the careers of dozens of young musicians including Stephen Isserlis, Joo Yeon Sir, Mark Simpson, Ian Bostridge, and Roderick Williams. It is made possible by the generosity of the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, which promotes young artists and composers.

www.makingmusic.org.uk/pdgya

Winners' biographies

Lewis Banks saxophone

Scottish saxophonist Lewis Banks studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he won most major prizes, graduating with a Bachelor of Music with Honours (First Class). In the same year, while still an undergraduate student, Lewis appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as soloist in Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera. Lewis has since continued his masters studies at the Conservatoire. In March 2019, Lewis will appear in recital at the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room.

Emma Halnan flute

Emma first came to prominence when she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year's Woodwind award. She has performed worldwide and played concerti with orchestras including BBC NOW, the EU Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players. Emma studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Recitals include St. David’s Hall, Gower Festival and La Côte International Flute Festival. Emma has worked with the EU Youth Orchestra (principal flute), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (guest principal) and English National Opera (guest piccolo).

Catriona Hewitson soprano

Edinburgh-born soprano Catriona is studying at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) and is a Samling Artist. Recently she was a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and Royal Over-Seas League Vocal Category. Highlights in concert include St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall, Edinburgh International Festival Songlines and touring with the Ulster Orchestra. Upcoming performances include joining Glyndebourne Festival chorus and playing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Thomas Allen directing at RCMIOS.

Toby Hughes double bass

In 2011 Toby studied with Matthew McDonald, Principal Bass of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and graduated from the RNCM in 2015. Awards include the 2013 Chandos Orchestra 'Young Musician of the Year', the string section of the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Competition (the first double bassist ever to do so) and in 2016 he won the Bromsgrove International Competition. His recital appearances include the Wigmore Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Edinburgh Festival and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Alexandra Lomeiko violin

Based in London, New Zealand-born violinist Alexandra Lomeiko has won prizes in various competitions, been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions and performed extensively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician both in the UK and abroad. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, where her studies were supported by Lark Insurance and awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, the Martin Music Scholarship Fund, the Drake Calleja Foundation, Help Musicians UK Foundation and the Hattori Foundation.

Ugnius Pauliukonis piano

Ugnius has won multiple piano competitions, including the Royal Nothern College of Music Gold Medal and Silver Medal from the Worshipful Musicians Company for excellence in performance. Ugnius has worked with many well-known musicians of the musical world, such as Lang Lang, Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, Matti Raekalio, Stephen Hough, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Eduardo Delgado and many others. As a solo pianist, he has performed with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Symphony, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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