2016 YCAT Artists

19th May 2016

YCAT is delighted to announce that on Thursday 19th May 2016 the following artists were selected for representation at the Public Final Auditions held at Wigmore Hall: Castalian Quartet, Olivier Stankiewicz, Nika Gorič and Timothy Ridout.

A total of 8 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 (Associate Director, Askonas Holt), Angela Dixon (Chief Executive, Saffron Hall), Kathryn Enticott (Enticott Music Management), Huw Humphreys (Head of Music, Barbican Centre), Roger Wright CBE (Chief Executive, Aldeburgh Music)  and Alasdair Tait (Chief Executive & Artistic Director, YCAT).

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet is the previous first prize winner at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition and 2013 Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition. The Quartet is the only European quartet to recently progress to the live rounds of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition held this summer. It has performed at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, the Hamburg Chamber Music Series and NDR Concert Hall in Hannover. In the UK the Quartet has appeared at Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh, the Cheltenham Festival, Lake District Summer Music and is guest ensemble at the 2016 Peasmarsh Festival.  Further afield the Quartet toured China in 2013, under the auspices of the British Council. The Quartet was also awarded the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize.

In 2015 Olivier Stankiewicz (oboe) won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Leipzig and 1st Prize at YCA’s International Auditions in New York. In the same year he was appointed principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this he won 1st Prize at the 10th International Oboe Competition of Japan in 2012 and was named  “classical revelation” in 2013 by the French association ADAMI. He was principal oboe with Toulouse’s Orchestre National du Capitole between 2011-2015, with whom he performs Berio’s Chemins IV in 2016, previously previously having premiered  Benjamin Attahir’s Oboe Concerto Nur. As a soloist Olivier has performed with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monaco and the Tokyo Sinfonietta at Suntory Hall. He is a founder member and director of Collectif WARN!ING, a group that focuses on contemporary and experimental music, and forms half of duo Widmung with pianist Alvise Sinivia. Olivier is currently Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music in London.

Born in Slovenia in 1990, Nika Gorič (soprano) is currently completing her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst there, she has performed the roles of Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Dolcina & 1st Arms Sister (Suor Angelica) and is currently performing Fortuna and Pallade (L’incoronazione di Poppea). In 2016 she will join the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project in The Fairy Queen and has performances of Handel’s Messiah with Opera National de Bordeaux and Norina (Don Pasquale) with Slovene National Theatre. Recent recitals include the Klavier Festival Ruhr with Graham Johnson, the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. She is a member of the Academy Song Circle and a regular soloist in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series.

Born in London in 1995, Timothy Ridout (viola) is currently completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram. In March 2016 he became the first ever British winner of the 12th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, having previously won 1st Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition. Recent highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the International Viola Congress in Porto, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Maxim Vengerov at the Royal Academy of Music. He has also appeared with the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Zagreb Soloists, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings and Orchestra of the Swan. Earlier this year he recorded his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps for Champs Hill Records.

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