YCAT selects new artists!

25th May 2018

YCAT is delighted to announce that on Thursday 24th May 2018 the following artists were selected for representation at the YCAT Public Final Auditions held at Wigmore Hall: Tabea Debus recorder, Giuseppe Guarrera piano, and Jonian-Ilias Kadesha violin.

A total of 8 finalists were heard, chosen from over 100 applicants in the preliminary rounds. The final jury consisted of Lydia Connolly (Director, HarrisonParrott), Gaetan Le Divelec (Director, Askonas Holt), Angela Dixon (Chief Executive, Saffron Hall), Stephen McHolm (Academy Director, Verbier Festival) and Alasdair Tait (Chief Executive & Artistic Director, YCAT).

Born in Würzburg, Germany in 1991, recorder player Tabea Debus studied at Frankfurt University of Music & Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction and the Principal’s Prize. She has performed widely in Europe including concerts at Wigmore Hall, the Resonanzen Festival at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh International, Musica Antiqua Bolzano and Brecon Baroque Festivals. As a soloist she has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, WDR Rundfunkchor at the Funkhaus in Cologne and with Camerata Zurich at the Tonhalle.  In 2018 she released her third solo CD featuring twelve newly commissioned pieces based around Telemann’s XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto (TYXart).

Born in Sicily in 1991, pianist Giuseppe Guarrera is currently completing his studies at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Nelson Goerner. In 2017 he won 2nd Prize at the Montreal International Competition, along with five other awards including the People’s Choice. He recently premiered a new concerto by Benjamin Attahir with the Pierre Boulez Ensemble conducted by Daniel Barenboim in the opening concert of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.  This summer he attends the Verbier Academy Festival.

Born in Athens in 1992, of Albanian and Greek heritage, violinist Jonian-Ilias Kadesha is currently completing his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas.  Prior to this he studied in Cremona, Würzburg and the Hochschule fur Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin with Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin and Ulf Wallin.   He also undertook chamber music studies with Hatto Beyerle at the European Chamber Music Academy and is currently a Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music as a founding member of the prize winning Trio Gaspard.  This summer Jonian returns as Artist-in-Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival both as chamber musician and soloist in concertos conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, and to the Mantua Festival in Italy where he performs Vivaldi’s The Seasons.  He is a regular participant in IMS Prussia Cove.