The three finalists of BBC Young Musician 2020 have been announced: 18-year old Annemarie Federle (French horn); 19-year old Ewan Millar (oboe); and 17-year old Fang Zhang (percussion). The announcement was made during the broadcast of the Competition’s Semi Final on BBC Four this evening [Friday 30 April at 7PM], presented by trailblazing organist, conductor, and music education advocate Anna Lapwood.

The BBC Young Musician 2020 Semi Final was recorded pre-COVID-19 in March 2020 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, at a time when audiences were still able to attend music events without restrictions. Its broadcast was delayed as a result of the global pandemic.

Competing for the three places in the Grand Final were the exceptional category winners: 18-year old Annemarie Federle (French horn) from Cambridge, currently in her first year studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London; 19-year old Ewan Millar (oboe) from Reading, Berkshire, who is now in his second year reading music at Oxford University; 17-year old Thomas Luke (piano) from the Isle of Wight, and currently studying at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London; Japan-born/ Surrey-based 19-year old Coco Tomita (violin), currently studying in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler; and 17-year old Fang Zhang (percussion), born in China’s Henan province and a student of Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

Their performances were judged by a panel chaired by Chief Executive of Saffron Hall Angela Dixon and including Director of BBC National Orchestra and Choir of Wales Lisa Tregale; award winning composer and Head of Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama John Hardy; and double-bassist and founder and Artistic Director of Chineke! Orchestra Chi-chi Nwanoku.

The Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2020 will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 2 May at 8PM. It was recorded on Sunday 25 April 2021 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall without an audience in attendance and in strict compliance with current COVID-related government guidelines. Presenting the Grand Final coverage are BBC Young Musician regular Josie d’Arby, organist and conductor Anna Lapwood, and star saxophonist Jess Gillam (the first saxophonist to reach the BBC Young Musician Final round in 2016).

For the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2020, Annemarie, Ewan and Fang will each perform a concerto of their choice, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic, performing with reduced numbers to allow the required social distancing.

The finalists will perform:

Annemarie Federle – Ruth Gipps: Horn Concerto , Op. 58

Ewan Millar – Oscar Navarro: “Legacy” Concerto

Fang Zhang (marimba): Keiko Abe – Prism Rhapsody

Once again chaired by Angela Dixon, the judging panel for the Grand Final includes composer, clarinettist and BBC Young Musician 2006 winner Mark Simpson, composer Errollyn Wallen, Principal Conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Ryan Bancroft, and experimental composer and turntable artist Shiva Feshareki.

The BBC Young Musician 2020 Semi Final will now be available on BBC iPlayer for 12 months.

BBC Young Musician 2020 is managed and produced by BBC Studios Music and Entertainment Wales.