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Ensemble Meridiana win the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition

20 July 2009


Ensemble Meridiana has won the prestigious biennial York Early Music International Young Artists Competition organised by the National Centre for Early Music, which culminated on Saturday 18 July during the 2009 York Early Music Festival.

The group triumphed against intense competition from an exciting line up of 29 young musicians from around the world: Concitato Ensemble (USA); Grand Désir (Switzerland); MetroMarina (Belgium); Le Tic Toc Choc (France); Purcelli Abubu (Austria) and The Marian Consort (UK).

Ensemble Meridiana consists of five young instrumentalists from Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway and England who met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. They impressed the judges with a programme entitled 'Leipzig Connections' featuring works from the Baroque period. The group will receive a cheque for £1,000 alongside a series of opportunities to work with the National Centre for Early Music and a prestigious recording contract with the award-winning Linn Records.

As in previous years, the Friends of the York Early Music Festival awarded their own prize and this year it went to the medieval ensemble Grand Désir whose members came from Switzerland, Canada and Holland.