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YCAT selects 2 new artists at Final Auditions: Press Release

26th May 2017

YCAT is delighted to announce that on Thursday 25th May 2017 the following artists were selected for representation at the Public Final Auditions held at Wigmore Hall: Jamal Aliyev (cello) and Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula (piano).

A total of 7 finalists were heard, chosen from over 100 applicants in the preliminary rounds. The final jury consisted of Emma Bloxham (Editor, BBC Radio 3), Gaetan Le Divelec (Director, Askonas Holt), Angela Dixon (Chief Executive, Saffron Hall), Kathryn Enticott (Director, Enticott Music Management), Huw Humphreys (Head of Music, Barbican Centre), Roger Wright CBE (Chief Executive, Snape Maltings) and Alasdair Tait (Chief Executive & Artistic Director, YCAT).

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1993, cellist Jamal Aliyev studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and, since 2013, at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll. He completes his Bachelor’s degree this summer and embarks on his Master’s in the autumn. Earlier this year Jamal won the 2017 Arts Club — Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award, leading to opportunities to record with Classic FM and Warner Classics. Other awards include the Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize (2017) and the Kronberg Academy Award at the Enescu Competition in Romania (2016). Engagements during 2017 include a recital at Wigmore Hall, and appearances as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra and at the BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the John Williams concert.

Born in Switzerland in 1991, pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula studied at the Lausanne Conservatoire, and with Ronan O’Hora and Julian Anderson (composition) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2016 with Distinction. In 2014-15 Jean-Sélim held the Rebanks Family Piano Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and in 2016 was invited by Sir András Schiff to give solo recitals at major venues in Europe and the USA as part of his Building Bridges concert series, supporting new talents.

For more information, please contact the YCAT office: 0207 379 8477

25th May 2017