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Patron: Professor Ieuan Jones
President: Hon. Daniel Davies

Gregynog Young Musician - Cerddor Ifanc Gregynog
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Next competition date:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH , 2022

Gregynog Young Musician Competition

The Gregynog Young Musician Competition was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is held annually at the highly acclaimed Gregynog Hall, which has a long history of association with music and the arts.

Entrants must be aged 18 years and under and have reached Grade 8 standard or equivalent, on any orchestral instrument, brass band instrument or percussion.

Gregynog Hall

2021 Gregynog Young Musician Competition

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 winners:

Winner of the GREGYNOG YOUNG MUSICIAN 2021 - Oliver Simpson

GREGYNOG YOUNG STRING PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2021 - Una Pavovic Alldridge

GREGYNOG YOUNG PIANIST OF THE YEAR 2021 - Firoze Madon

GREGYNOG YOUNG WOODWIND PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2021 - Jessica Ellis

GREGYNOG YOUNG HARPIST OF THE YEAR 2021 - Rosie Gill

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The Competition

Next competition date:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH , 2022

The competition is divided in to 5 separate categories as follows:


'Gregynog Young String Player of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year'


'Gregynog Young Harpist / Guitarist / Percussionist of the Year'


Prize money

For the overall winner awarded the title
'Young Musician of the Year'
£3,000.00

Category Winners will receive
£500.00

Young Accompanist winner will receive
The Chairman's Trophy
and £400.00

Judges 2022

Professor Ieuan Jones - Chairman
Mark Messenger
Maria Tarasewicz
Martin Gatt

Professor Ieuan Jones

Professor Ieuan Jones

At the age of thirteen, Ieuan Jones was the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales where he gained valuable early orchestral experience with Marie Goosens. At sixteen, he moved on to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he came into contact with Marisa Robles who later became his tutor at the Royal College of Music 1981-1985.

Upon leaving the RCM in 1985, Ieuan was awarded the Queen Mother’s Rose Bowl for the most distinguished student of his year and the Tagore Gold Medal. In the same year, he won the Royal Overseas League International Commonwealth Competition and became runner up at the prestigious Israel International Harp Competition in Jerusalem…a feat not since repeated by any harpist.

Having toured as a solo harpist to great critical acclaim playing at many renowned Concert Halls and Festivals all over the world…including the Melbourne Festival, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Japan, Manila, Bangkok, Brunei, Singapore, Poland and many more, Ieuan’s work is now concentrated on teaching at the Royal College of Music in London where he has been a Professor since 1997.

Mark Messenger

Mark Messenger

Mark Messenger has had a broad and varied career. However, one will not find here any competition accolades as he suspects that the Olympic sport of trying to play better than another artist is inherently flawed.
His love of music and the human connection it offers has meant he has shared the concert platform with some remarkable musicians – amongst others, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Bernard Greenhouse, Natalie Clein, Raphael Wallfisch, Thomas Carroll, Yonty Solomon, Howard Shelley, John Lill, Dame Thea King, Michael Collins, Chris Garrick and Sir John Dankworth – and some incredible students. He hopes that these connections, some of which are fleeting, and others which last for decades, have in some way affected these people to the same extent as he has been transformed by them.
He has taken great pleasure from over three decades of string quartet playing, travelling across the world to teach, conducting and from his role as Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music. As long as his exploration of life and music continues to provide such human experiences he will continue the journey with travelling companions from any walk of life.

Maria Tarasewicz

Maria Tarasewicz

Maria Tarasewicz has gained an international reputation as a chamber musician, duo partner and a pedagogue. She is committed to working with, and developing young artists. Her invitations as a performer, a teacher and accompanist have taken her to Norway, Belgium, France, Italy, Jersey, Germany, San Marino, Poland, China and many UK festivals and masterclasses. Maria has performed in all of London’s major concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room and many others. She also appears regularly on BBC Radio 3, and works as a duo coach at the Royal College of Music in London and as a chamber music coach at the RCM Junior Department.
Maria Tarasewicz is undoubtedly an international artist in every respect. She was born in Ukraine, moved to Poland when she was 11, studied in Brussels and now works and resides in London where she lives with her violinist husband.
On her path she had been inspired by many great artists whose influence has shaped the direction of her music-making. The pantheon of these is large and include Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Gavriel Lipkind, Vladimir Perlin, Leonid Gorokhov, Leonid Kerbel, Eugeni and Olga Moguilevski, Natalia Radecka, Iya Pavlova, Boyan Vodenitcharov, Michael Dussek.
Maria is a co-founder and artistic director of The Thinking Musician, an innovative and unique programme for advanced young artist.

Martin
Gatt

Martin Gatt

He studied with Archie Camden at the Royal College of Music, London and aged 21 became Principal Bassoonist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra where he stayed for 8 years. During the last 4 of these he also played Principal with the newly formed English Chamber Orchestra , and when that became a full time post he left the L.P.O. and during the next 10 years devoted his time to playing for such conductors as Britten, Barenboim, and Leppard. He devoted a great deal of time to all forms of chamber music, and during his years in the E.C.O. also played with The Academy of St. Martins in the Fields , became a founder member of the London Sinfonietta and with Barry Tuckwell founded the Tuckwell Wind Quintet which performed and recorded all over the World for the next 20 years.
In 1978 he was invited by the L.S.O. to become their Principal bassoon, and there he stayed until 1998 when, looking for a quieter pace of life and a new and different challenge, he and his wife, Liz, moved to the West Country, where he became a member of the Bath Philharmonia, and commutes to London to play and teach. Since leaving the L.S.O. he has deputised in the B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra, B.B,C.
National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, as well as guesting with the L.S.O He was Professor of Bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for 20 years and was awarded F.G.S.M &D in 1979. During a 3 year sabbatical from the L.S.O. (1984-1987) he set up and ran the Department of Wind and Brass at the newly opened Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and resumed teaching in London at the Royal College of Music where, in 2002 he was elected a Fellow and where he is still professor of bassoon and chamber music.

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Official Accompanists 2022

Conal Bembridge-Sayers

Conal Bembridge-Sayers

Conal Bembridge-Sayers

Originally from North Wales, pianist, Conal Bembridge – Sayers has performed all over the UK and Europe, including recitals at the Leeds Lieder Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Ludlow English Song Festival, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Tenby Arts Festival, Oundle International Music Festival, and St.Martin’s in the Field, as well as private concerts for HRH Prince of Wales, Dame Shirley Bassey, and on the estate of William Walton. Conal’s concerto appearances have included Richard Rodney Bennett’s ‘Party Piece’, Shostakovich 1st Piano Concerto, and numerous performances of Edward Gregson’s Concertante for Piano and Brass Band. 
 
Conal frequently collaborates with a variety of instrumentalists and has considerable experience working with singers as a conductor, repetiteur and coach. Conal is a vocal coach and staff accompanist at both the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, (his alma mater) and the Wales International Academy of Voice, and more recently Conal has accepted the position of Head of Singing at University College School, London. Previously, Conal was a full time member of music staff for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in Belgium, and has worked for many organisations including; Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Gregynog Young Musician Competition, Urdd and National Eisteddfodau, and the Oxenfoord International Summer School.

Galin Ganchev

Galin Ganchev

A reviewer once said: ‘’The thing that makes Galin Ganchev so rewarding to listen to is that no allowances need to be made, no disbelief suspended.’’ He has given numerous recitals in cities such as London, Milan, Sofia, Gent, Essen, and has collaborated with conductors such as Francesco Lanzillotta, Robert Wysome, John Moore and many others. Galin’s most recent live performances include multiple solo recitals, a performance of J.S.Bach’s d minor and D major Concertos, BWV 1052 &1054 (conducting both from the keyboard), and the ‘’Crossover’’ concert in September, 2020 in the Varna Summer Festival, alongside musicians such as Mario Hossen, Theodosii Spassov and Klaudiusz Baran. Earlier that Summer, Galin made studio recordings of L.van Beethoven’s ‘’Appassionata’’ and M. Ravel’s ‘’Jeux d’eau’’ at the studio of the Bulgarian National Radio in Varna, Bulgaria, which were later distributed nationwide. In September, 2021 Galin was awarded the Tunnell Trust Award (UK), alongside his partner in the Perseus Duo – violinist Anthony Poon.
In October, 2019 Galin was awarded the Lilian Davies Prize in the Royal Academy of Music for his performance of L. van Beethoven’s “Appassionata”, and in January, 2018 he won First Prize in Piano Recital Category in Oxford Music Festival, UK.
Galin Ganchev was born in 1996 in Varna, where he began his music education at the age of six in the National School of Arts “Dobri Hristov” under the tutelage of Eli Chorbadjijskaand and Stanislava Stavreva.
In November, 2009 he was invited to play in the “International Charity Gala Concert’’ in Shrewsbury School (Charles Darwin’s school). In September 2010 he was accepted at Shrewsbury School as a full scholarship Charles Burney scholar. There he studied piano and composition with conductor and composer John Moore and piano with the Anglo-Italian pianist Peter Bradley-Fulgoni.
Galin has collaborated with the Vidin Philharmonic, Shrewsbury School, Shropshire Philharmoic and Varna Philharmonic orchestras. He has taken part in masterclasses with internationally renowned musicians such as Yevgeny Sudbin, Pascal Devoyon, Adrian Brendel, Imogen Cooper and others.
Galin is currently a scholarship student (he holds the Toba Mann scholarship) in the Royal Academy of Music, where he studies piano with Ian Fountain and piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek.
Special gratitude to Gareth and Elizabeth Jenkins, John Moore and Peter Bradley-Fulgoni for their masterful guidance, constant support and generosity to Galin, with the help of which he manages to continue successfully on his musical path.

The 2021 Finalists

Oliver Simpson - Cello

'Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2021'

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2021

Una Pavovic Alldridge - French Horn

'Gregynog Young String Player of the Year 2021'

Una Pavovic Alldridge - French Horn

Firoze Madon - Piano

'Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year 2021'

Firoze Madon - Pianist

Rosie Gill - Harp

'Gregynog Young Harpist of the Year 2021'

Rosie Gill - Harp

Jessica Ellis - Woodwind

'Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year 2021'

Jessica Ellis - Woodwind

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The 2020 Finalists

Videos of the 2020 Winners

Sofia Matvienko - Flute

'Gregynog Young Musician of the year and Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year 2020'

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Young Woodwind Player - Sofiia Matviienko

Hui Hing Ngai (Henry) - French Horn

'Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year 2020'

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Young Brass Player - Hui Hing Ngai (Henry)

Owen Putter - Piano

'Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year 2020'

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Young Pianist - Owen Putter

Haru Ogiwara - Cello

'Gregynog Young String Player of the Year 2020'

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Young String Player - Haru Ogiwara

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The 2019 Winners

Overall Winner - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2019
Ellis Thomas.

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2019

Young Woodwind Player - Sofiia Matviienko.

Young Woodwind Player - Sofiia Matviienko

Young String Player - Danushka Edirisinghe.

Young String Player - Danushka Edirisinghe

Young Accompanist Prize - Avishka Edirisinghe.

Young Accompanist Prize - Avishka Edirisinghe

Young Harpist - Huw Boucher.

Young Harpist - Huw Boucher

All category winners.

All category winners

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The 2018 Winners

Overall Winner – Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2018
Willard Carter

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018

Joint Young String Player of the Year
Joel Munday

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Joint Young String Player of the Year

Joint Young String Player
Willard Carter

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Joint Young String Player of the Year

Young Accompanist Prize
Julian Trevelyan

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Young Accompanist Prize

Chloe Ellen Jones ~ Flute - Joint Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Chloe Ellen Jones - Flute

Ewan Millar - Oboe, Joint Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Ewan Millar - Oboe

Huw Boucher - Harp, Young Harpist of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - Huw Boucher - Harp

George Striven - French Horn, Young Brass Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2018 - George Striven - Brass

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The 2017 Winners

Overall Winner – Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2017
Nikita Burzanitsa

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2017

Gregynog Young Piano Player of the Year (joint award) ~ Nikita Burzanitsa & ZhouTian Lang

Gregynog Young Piano Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year ~ Chloe Ellen Jones (Flute)

Gregynog Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year ~ George Strivens (French Horn)

Gregynog Young Brass Player of the  Year

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year (joint award) ~ Willard Carter (Cello)

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year (joint award) ~ Hannah Brookes-Hughes. (Violin)

Gregynog Young String Player of the Year

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The 2016 Winners

Overall Winner – Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2016
Kirsty Chaplin with Mrs Monica Garbett-Edwards

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2016

Young Accompanist of the Year 2016 – Conal Bembridge-Sayers
Winner of the Young Accompanist prize and Chairman’s Trophy

Young Accompanist of the Year 2016

Young Brass Player of the Year 2016, Benjamin Goldscheider, French Horn.

Young Brass Player of the Year 2016

Young Woodwind Player of the Year 2016, Henry Newbould, Saxophone.

Young Woodwind Player of the Year

Young String Player of the Year 2016, Isobel Howard, Violin.

Young String Player of the Year

Young Pianist of the Year 2016, Kirsty Chaplin.

Young Pianist of the Year 2016

Young Percussionist of the Year 2016, Heledd Gwynant.

Young Percussionist of the Year 2016

Gregynog Young Musician Competition - 2016, Finalists

Gregynog Young Musician Competition - 2016, Finalists

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Previous Winners

Winner 2015 - Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2015

Winner of the Young Accompanist Prize and the "Chairman's Trophy" 2015 - Janeba Kanneh-Mason

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2015

Gregynog Young Musician Competition 2015 ~ Finalists

Gregynog Young Musician of the Year – 2015

Winner 2014 - JULIANA MYSLOV

Juliana Myslov

Winner of the Young Accompanist Prize and the "Chairman's Trophy" 2014 - ISATA KANNEH-MASON

Gregynog Young Musician Competition – 2014 Finalists

Gregynog Young Musician Competition – 2014 Finalists

Winner 2013
CHARLIE LOVELL-JONES

Charlie Lovell-Jones

Winner 2012
TOM BLOMFIELD - OBOE

Winner 2011
ANDREW REYNISH - CELLO

Winner 2010
CHLOE-ANGHARAD BRADSHAW - FLUTE

Winner 2009
STEFAN MORRIS - CELLO

Winner 2008
JULIA HWANG - VIOLIN

Winner 2007
GLAIN DAFYDD - HARP

Winner 2006
HELEN PUGH - PIANO

Winner 2005
CAI ISFRYN - TRUMPET

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