BBC Radio 3 announces today the names of eight New Generation Artists who will join the station’s prestigious talent development scheme in September 2021 and remain on it until December 2023.

The record number of artists includes some of the world’s most promising young musical talents, each on the threshold of a major international career. It includes British-Israeli pianist Tom Borrow; British mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston; Spanish violinist María Dueñas; German-Romanian baritone Konstantin Krimmel; Indian-American collaborative pianist Kunal Lahiry; the London-based Mithras Trio; Paris-based string quartet Quatuor Mona; and British bass William Thomas.

Radio 3 also confirmed today that for the second year running, the current New Generation Artists stay on for an additional year to give them more of the performing and recording opportunities that were lost during the time of COVID-19. These include, among others: Leeds International Piano Competition winner Chinese-American pianist Eric Lu; London-born jazz guitarist, composer Rob Luft; Macedonian-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska, winner of the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards; and London-based Consone Quartet, the first period instrument quartet to be part of the scheme.

The New Generation Artists scheme highlights Radio 3’s ongoing commitment to developing and nurturing young talent. Created in 1999, the scheme supports young musicians at the beginning of their international careers with performance opportunities in London and around the UK. These include solo recitals and concerts with the BBC orchestras, and appearances at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, Ulster Hall, and Snape Maltings among many others. Radio 3 broadcasts of live and recorded performances provide occasions for these rising stars to be heard by listeners all over the UK.

Also announced today is a further opportunity for the young pianists on the scheme: a new BBC Radio 3 partnership with the Terence Judd Trust and the Hallé Orchestra for  a yearly Terence Judd–Hallé Award presented to a New Generation Artist pianist.

A tribute to the late Terence Judd, the rising star British pianist who tragically died at twenty two in 1979, the prize includes financial support, as well as performance opportunities in concert and chamber setting with Manchester’s Hallé or members of the ensemble, at The Bridgewater Hall, Hallé St. Peter’s, or in one of the orchestra’s venues in the UK. Also included is a solo recital as part of the Manchester Mid-day Concerts Series at The Bridgewater Hall, with options for the events to be broadcast on Radio 3.

The first recipient of the Award is German pianist Elisabeth Brauss, the winner of the first prize at the International Steinway Competition in Hamburg, who joined the New Generation Artists scheme in 2018 and leaves at the end of 2021.

Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3 and classical music  says: “Being a young musician at the time of the pandemic has been challenging: performance opportunities have been scarce and sustained connections with audiences have been  hard to achieve.  We are therefore delighted to announce BBC Radio 3’s support for another group of brilliant young  performers who are at such a vital stage of their development, and the extension of the New Generation Artists scheme for those who are already on it. Music will only be alive for as long as young people choose to dedicate their creative lives to it, and it is our privilege to support them at the start of their careers – making sure audiences the world over can benefit as they grow even further in  their art and push boundaries of skill and achievement – bringing  delight,  promise and optimism  to a world that surely needs all of these things.”

BBC Radio 3 celebrates the New Generation Artists from Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 July, with four Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts live from Cheltenham Town Hall as part of Cheltenham Festival 2021. Among other engagements, the young performers are also appearing as part of: BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts from London’s Wigmore Hall (September 2021 to April 2022); the station’s residency at Snape Maltings (30/ 31 October 2021); and Bath Mozartfest (24 November 2021), with broadcast dates to be announced in due course.