Gregynog Young Musician - Cerddor Ifanc Gregynog

Welcome to Gregynog Young Musician

Patron: Professor Ieuan Jones
President: Lady Davies

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 Young Musician Competition 2019

The 2019 competition was, yet again, of an incredibly high standard. This year's semi-finalists' performances were from a wide cross section of instrumentalists, ranging in age from 14-18, and had travelled from far and wide to be at Gregynog Hall on a rather rainy day! We were delighted to have a wonderful turnout for the day and the audience was treated to performances on Recorder, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp and Piano. All the young musicians were competing for five places in the evening's final. After what was truly a wonderful day of incredible music making, the adjudicating panel deliberated and the five finalists were announced. The final was of an incredibly high standard and all five performers gave the audience plenty to delight over as well as giving the panel a very difficult decision.

We are pleased to announce that the category winners of the 2019 GYM are:

Young Woodwind Player: Sofiia Matviienko - Flute
Young Harpist: Huw Boucher - Harp
Young String Player: Danushka Edirisinghe - Cello
Young Pianist: Ellis Thomas - Piano
Young Accompanist Prize: Avishka Edirisinghe
Adjudicator's Prize: Will Duerden - Double Bass

With a very varied programme full of virtuosity, lyrical poise and musical authority, Ellis Thomas was announced as the overall winner and Gregynog Young Musician 2019. Congratulations, Ellis!

Ellis Thomas - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2019

Ellis Thomas - Gregynog Young Musician of the Year 2019

The chosen finalists compete for the first prize of £3,000 and the Peter Garbett-Edwards trophy.

The winner will also receive invitations to perform at Tenby Arts Festival and Machynlleth Tabernacle.

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The Competition

Next competition date: 25th April 2020

Download the 2020 Entry Form

Ffurflen Ymgeisio 2020

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

Adjudicators for Gregynog Young Musicians Competition - 2020

IEUAN JONES

Ieuan Jones Ieuan Jones’s mission has taken him around the world, transfixing audiences with his richly characterful playing - in Spain they dubbed him “Esplendoroso Jones”.

His flair is founded upon a solid basis of technique, acquired over years of study from the age of six to his studies at the Royal College of Music where he is now professor.

Ieuan Jones has toured the world with his harp. He has performed in more than 25 countries, appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras and has many recordings to his credit. At home he appears in all the major concert halls, the Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St David’s Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Queens Hall, with varied programmes that include works rarely played on the harp and often with other instruments such as the flute, violin, and a programme of harp quintets with string quartet.

GARY RYAN

Gary Ryan The British guitarist Gary Ryan is one of the world's leading exponents of the instrument and has pursued a highly varied international career as an acclaimed solo performer, composer and teacher. In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument and recent invitations to perform include solo appearances in Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, India, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain.

Ryan studied guitar and piano from the age of 8 as a junior exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music, where he won the Director's Prize, later winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study with Timothy Walker in 1987. In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and many awards, including the Julian Bream Prize, the John Mundy String Prize and the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for an outstanding all-round musician. He then continued his post-graduate studies with an award from the Fleming Trust, becoming an Associate of the RAM in 1997.

Ryan made his London solo recital debut for the Park Lane Group at the Purcell Room in 1994 to exceptional critical acclaim and was subsequently invited to perform a series of recitals for the Kirckman Concert Society at London's South Bank Centre. In 1996, at the age of 27, he was then appointed as a Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music in London and currently combines a busy freelance career with his role as the RCM's Assistant Head of Strings.

Also well known as a composer, Gary Ryan's celebrated guitar compositions combine traditional classical techniques with more contemporary guitar styles and a rich variety of musical influences from around the world. These include his acclaimed solo concert work, Benga Beat, which was premièred in 2011 and features on YouTube, Scenes from The Wild West, Lough Caragh, Hot Club Français, Shamal, Rossbeigh Strand and Generator (for guitar duo). Other publications include Easy Piazzolla for Boosey and Hawkes and Guitar Star for the ABRSM.

In 2015 Gary Ryan was invited by John Williams to form 6 Hands, a new collaborative guitar trio with the jazz guitarist John Etheridge which has since toured the UK extensively. The trio also have further performances scheduled later in 2020.

MICHAEL HARRIS

Michael Harris Michael Harris won the Geoffrey Tankard prize for clarinet at the RCM in 1965 during his second year. He was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1974 until 2006, where he worked and recorded with conductors such as Haitink, Abbado, Ozawa, Muti, Rattle, Maazel, Giulini, Sinopoli, Boulez and Levine.

Alongside his work there he has pursued a busy freelance career playing and recording chamber music with groups such as the Nash Ensemble and London Winds, of which he was a founder member.

He has a keen interest in early clarinets and has worked and recorded with period instrument groups including the English Concert, English Baroque Soloists and Collegium Musicum '90.

He receives regular invitations to appear as an adjudicator and panelist (BBC Musician of the Year, Shell/LSO competition, EUYO etc.) and is professor of Bass Clarinet at the Royal College of Music. He is a woodwind coach for the Britten-Pears Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Michael was Head of Woodwind at Birmingham Conservatoire from 1998 to 2011 and was made professor of Woodwind and Orchestral Performance (BCU) in August 2006. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in April 2009.

He has made many solo and chamber music recordings, most recently discs of Mozart Divertimenti for basset horns on original instruments.

OFFICIAL ACCOMPANIST ~ Conal Bembridge-Sayers

Conal Bembridge-Sayers Welsh pianist and conductor Conal Bembridge-Sayers is currently a staff accompanist/coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and their Junior Conservatoire, as well as official accompanist for the Oxenfoord International Summer School, Gregynog Young Musician Competition, Urdd Eisteddfod, National Eisteddfodau, and the Bath Choral Society.

Conal's recital performances have taken him to the Leeds Lieder Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Ludlow English Song Festival, St. Martin's in the Field, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Tenby Arts Festival, Oundle International Festival, the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, and St. David's Hall, as well as concerts for HRH Prince of Wales, Dame Shirley Bassey, and performances of The Bear at William Walton's estate, La Mortella on the island of Ischia. As a soloist, Conal has performed Shostakovich's 1st Piano Concerto, Richard Rodney Bennett's Party Piece, and numerous performances of Edward Gregson's Concertante for Piano and Brass Band, of which he gave the Welsh premiere.

Conal has been privileged to play for many outstanding musicians including Rebecca Evans, Adrian Thompson, Kathryn Harries, Gail Pearson, Eric Roberts, Rebecca Afonwy Jones, and Steffan Morris, in addition to accompanying masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Alish Tynan, Susan Bullock, John Mark Ainsley, Roderick Williams, Ann Murray, Anna Schwanewilms, Karen Cargill, Louise Alder, and Jamie Barton.

Adjudicators - past years

2005 - Ieuan Jones, Susie Allen, Julian Whitaker

2006 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Iwan Llewellyn Jones

2007 - Hilary Finch, Euros Rhys Evans, Ben Hancox

2008 - Michael Harris, Jane Watts, Jonathon Price

2009 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Julian Jackson

2010 - David Theodore, Vanessa Latarche, Louise Hopkins

2011 - Sioned Webb, Richard Lewis, Lara James (Griffiths)

2012 - Michael Harris, Euros Rhys Evans, Louise Hopkins

2013 - David Theodore, Liz Partridge, Vannessa Latarche

2014 -
Ian Jones, Chairman; David Greed, Gary Ryan, Meyrick Alexander, Cai Isfryn

2015 -
Ieuan Jones, Chairman; Chris Hoyle, Michael Dussek, Jenni Phillips, Ewan Easton

2016 -
Madeleine Mitchell, Kevin Price, Michael Harris, Terence Lloyd, Ieuan Jones

2017 -
Madeleine Mitchell, Ian Fountain, Jenni Phillips, Mark Phillips, Ieuan Jones

2018 -
David Theodore, Meurig Thomas, Ieuan Jones

2019 -
Ieuan Jones, Kevin Gowland, Gary Ryan

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

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

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

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

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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