Vocal ensemble Profeti Della Quinta have won this year’s York Early Music International Young Artists Competition
The biennial contest, organised by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), culminated on 16 July with the group – founded in 2002 in Israel and now based in Switzerland – triumphing over nine other ensembles featuring musicians from 13 different countries: Le Petit Concert Baroque (France); Quadro Melante (Croatia, Malaysia, Australia, Iran); Sebastian Chamber Players (USA); Borromini String Quartet (UK); Den Haag Piano Quintet (Japan, the Netherlands); Habsburger Camerata (UK, USA, Canada); Encantar (Belgium); Les Ombres (France) and L’Istante (Switzerland).
Profeti Della Quinta’s winning programme featured Hebrew settings of psalms and prayers by Rossi and madrigals by De Rore.
They win £1,000 as well as a series of opportunities to work with the NCEM and a contract with Linn Records.
‘Profeti Della Quinta’s stunning authentic performance practice and quality of execution was truly magnificent,’ commented Philip Hobbs, chairman of the judges and chief classical producer with Linn Records.
All the finalists’ recitals were recorded by BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast by the station as part of its Early Music Show on 25 September at 1pm.
The next York Early Music International Young Artists Competition will take place in 2013 as part of the York Early Music Festival. Outline information will be available in the autumn on the NCEM website.