These are the jury members of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018
Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland
Posted 10 August 2018 at 14:57
In less than a week, our 18 participants will perform their classical music pieces in Edinburgh in the hope of winning Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. Their efforts will be judged by a panel of expert jury members, who we introduce to you below.
A panel of expert jury members will watch all Semi-Finals and assign points out of 10 based on specific criteria (technical accuracy, quality of sound, interpretation and performance). Scores will be summed and contestants ranked in order, and the final scores will be presented back to the Jury at the end of the final Semi-Final Recital. The Jury will then retire to deliberate. After deliberation, the Jury may make changes to the numerical rankings by unanimous agreement. Next, the Jury will announce the names of the six finalists in a randomized order. The rankings and scores of the Semi-Finals will not be published to avoid any influence on the decision-making of the Final Jury.
Cellist David Watkin made a wide range of acclaimed recordings including Sonatas by Vivaldi (Hyperion) Beethoven (Chandos) and Francis Pott (Guild), Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante with OAE (Virgin) and Schubert Quintet with the Tokyo Quartet (hmusa). He has been a soloist at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York and performed the Schumann Concerto with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and ORR at Lincoln Center, New York.
David Watkin has been performing Bach's Cello Suites in concert for many years, and Bach's unaccompanied cello repertoire has taken him all over Europe, from Bach’s birthplace in Eisenach to the Palace of Frederick the Great at Potsdam, the Prague Spring Festival and twice to Leipzig as a jury member for the Bach Competition. His recording of the Cello Suites (Resonus) won both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine Awards, and was one of three recordings of the Cello Suites included alongside Casals’ in Gramophone’s list of “The 50 Greatest Bach Recordings”. A performance featured in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's BBCTV programme Bach: A Passionate Life.
David now focuses on conducting and teaching, and he brings decades of music making at the highest level. He has conducted groups including the Scottich Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Malta Philharmonic and the Swedish Baroque Orchestra.
David Watkin will be part of the Jury of both the Semi-Finals and the Final.
Ursula Leveaux is a sought-after chamber musician and is currently the bassoonist of London’s Nash Ensemble, the resident Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. She is the Principal Bassoon with City of London Sinfonia and is also in demand as performer on Period Instruments.
She is a prominent orchestral player having held the position of Principal Bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1987 to 2007. Ursula is frequently invited to appear as guest principal with major orchestras and ensembles in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.
A former pupil at Chetham's School of Music, she furthered her studies with Martin Gatt in London, Brian Pollard in Amsterdam and also studied Baroque bassoon with Danny Bond in The Hague, the Netherlands. While still a student in London, she was the winner of the Shell-London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship and became a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein and Georg Solti.
Ursula’s solo work has included concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and at the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Barbican in London with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. On early instruments Ursula has performed as soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Concert.
Ursula has given masterclasses at most of the UK music colleges and as far afield as Toronto and Hong Kong.
Noè Rodrigo Gisbert
Noè Rodrigo Gisbert is a very versatile artist and, besides his career as a soloist, he collaborates with orchestras and ensembles around the world. His activities have brought him to perform all over Europe and the United States.
He was born in Altea (Spain), where he started his musical education and completed his Percussion Master’s degree in Amsterdam.
He was awarded with the first prize in the Jeunesses Musicales of Spain Music Competition, the special price given by the European Music Competitions for Youth, and the Willem Vos Award in th TROMP Competition 2016. He has offered recitals in halls such as the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and festivals: Edinburgh International Festival, Storioni Festival, Festival Internacional de Granada, Festival Internacional de Santander, among others; and participated in concert series like AiEnRUTa-Clásicos, Fundación Juan March and Jeunesses Musicales.
He is member of the Lucerne Festival Alumni Orchestra and collaborates with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Nederlands Kamerorkest, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa.
During his studies he was a member of some of the best youth orchestras of Europe, such as EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra), Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, JONDE (Spanish National Youth Orchestra), NJO (Netherlands Youth Orchestra), among others; and SOAP (Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific) in America (Canada).
Noè is founder member of Mbira-duo and #percu(fu)sión and collaborates with the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, Slagwerk Den Haag, Nieuw Ensemble, the New European Ensemble and Warwick Blair Ensemble.
His widely and different interests have brought him to perform with music theater companies such as Silbersee or the Lucerne Festival Young Performance. He has premiered percussion solos by Arnold Marinissen, Tomasz Arnold and Josh Henderson and worked with composers Steve Reich, James Wood, Wolfgang Rhim or Matthias Pintscher, a.o.
Among his upcoming engagements, we can highlight his appearances as a soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performing Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux ètoiles conducted by Matthias Pintscher, as well as with the Wind Orchestra of Barcelona and recitals in major Spanish concert halls.
South Korean-born Sinae Lee leads a busy life as a soloist, chamber musician and lecturer based in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Since her UK début with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), playing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, she has also played with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, St. James Orchestra, Glasgow Orchestral Society as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She has frequently appeared in concerts in New York, St. Petersburg, Riga, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as cities in her native Korea such as Seoul, Suwon and Busan.
In 2006, Sinae recorded Karol Szymanowski's complete piano works on four CDs, released by Divine Art Record Company. These recordings marked the first complete CD set, including the posthumously published Prelude in C sharp minor. This marked her début recording and received highly acclaimed reviews from Gramophone (Recommended Recording), BBC Music Magazine (Benchmark Recording), MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, November 2006), Pianist Magazine (Recommended Recording), All Music Guide (Classical Editors' Best of the Year2007) and Res Musica. Some of the pieces from her Szymanowski CDs have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Radio New Zealand and Busan KBS TV. To celebrate 10 years anniversary of her Szymanowski CDs release, Sinae gave Szymanowski concert tours in Glasgow (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Dublin (Royal Irish Academy of Music) and Seoul (Seoul National University and Dongduk Womens University) between October and December 2016. In 2011, Sinae performed the complete Années de Pèlerinage by Liszt in the UK and Korea, celebrating the composer's 200th anniversary. A studio recording was released by Nimbus Alliance in July 2012 and received rave reviews from The Classical Reviewer (Best of 2012) and MusicWeb International (Recording of the Month, April 2014).
The Final takes place on Thursday 23 August, when each of the six finalists will perform for up to 12' (one or more movements of a single musical work), accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Here, a different jury will once again score the contestants based on the same criteria as during the Semi-Finals. Following all six performances, the jury shall retire to discuss the results. Here they may declare the candidate with the highest score to be the winner, or - by mutual agreement - change the result. This process is to ensure that over-reliance on numerical scoring does not yield an incorrect winner. The Final Jury then announces the winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 live on stage during the televised broadcast. Let's meet the Final jurors!
Sir James MacMillan
Sir James MacMillan is a classical composer and conductor born in 1959. He studied composition at the University of Edinburgh and at Durham University. From 1986 until 1988, he was a lecturer in music at the Victoria University of Manchester. Right after his studies, he returned to Scotland and became Associate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
In 1990 his success really took off in the classicial establishment with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's premier of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the BBC Proms. After this performance he went on to achieve more success: a percussion concerto for fellow Scot Evelyn Glennie, composing a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich - who is considered one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century - and his second opera the Sacrifice, which won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.
Marin Alsop was born into a musical family and started playing the piano at a very young age. Besides the piano, she started playing the violin when she was about five years old. At the age of seven, Marin began studies at the Juilliard Pre College Division and later in her teens, she studied classical guitar for a few years. At the age of nine, she already knew she wanted to become a conductor, as her father took her to hear Bernstein at a Young People's concert.
Her career quickly took off and Marin now conducts the world’s major orchestras, with recent and forthcoming European highlights including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Marin is the first woman to head a full time major American orchestra and is considered a role model to aspiring musicians.
Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock – or as The Guardian described it “majestic bangers”.
Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 services, PRADA & Fendi fashion campaigns, numerous films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide.
She has been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Sypmhony Orchestra, RPS/PRS Composer in the House with Sinfonia ViVA, the classical music representative for the 2009 Southbank Show Breakthrough Award and winner of the 2010 Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers. Her recent piece Connect It was written for the BBC’s award winning Ten Pieces scheme which involved half of all UK primary school children learning the piece, as well as Anna leading broadcasts, workshops and performances including at Radio 2’s Proms in the Park to 40,000 people.
Andrew Moore has been Head of Music for the Edinburgh International Festival since 2014. His role focuses on programming the Usher Hall series of symphonic concerts and opera-in-concert, the Queen’s Hall morning recital series, and staged performances of Opera. He is particularly interested in identifying and nurturing new talent, and travels extensively to hear competitions and auditions, alongside working to bring most important conductors, soloists and orchestras to Edinburgh.
Prior to this role Andrew was Head of Concerts and Artistic Planning for the Academy of Ancient Music, where he worked with Music Director Richard Egarr to develop the artistic programme, promote the orchestra to international promoters and engage orchestral musicians and choristers. He was involved in setting up AAM Records, in the group’s appointment as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican Centre, London, and in securing major Arts Council and private funding increases. Other projects included the first complete performance of the Brandenburg Concertos in China, a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Sabratha, Libya, and major tours of the Far East, Australia, and the USA and Canada.
Andrew’s early career appointments were as Orchestra Librarian for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and at Sage Gateshead as Orchestra Manager for Northern Sinfonia.
He studied Double Bass with Jiří Hudec and Roberto Carrillo-Garcia at the Royal Northern College of Music and has performed on modern and period instruments with ensembles including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.