Successful artists will receive performance opportunities, bespoke management and career support during YCAT’s 40th anniversary year

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Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) has opened applications for its 2024 auditions. The deadline for applications and video submissions is Friday 1 March 2024 at 11:59pm.

Applications are open to promising young artists with exceptional potential in the fields of Strings, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion, Voice Solo Piano / Keyboard (includes Accordion) and Ensemble (2-6 members). Instrumentalists must be aged 28 and under, while singers must be aged 30 and under and ensembles must have an average age of 30 and under from 16 May 2024.

The 2024-25 season coincides with YCAT’s 40th anniversary. As of 2024, UK-based semi-finalists will also be considered for inclusion in a new directory of UK-based artists, hosted on the YCAT website. 

Selected artists will receive three to five years of developmental and holistic management, a strategic diary of worldwide engagements (with selected joint artists in collaboration with Concert Artists Guild in the US), marketing to promoters and concert halls, publicity materials including professional photo shoots, plus comprehensive social media and website consultation and support and live recordings of recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall.

This year’s auditions are supported by Lark Music Insurance, with which YCAT applicants receive a ten per cent discount.

YCAT’s 2023 intake comprised the Atenea Quartet, violinist Charlotte Spruit, violinist Hana Chang, pianist Ignas Maknickas, Trio Chagall and double bassist Will Duerden.

To apply and find out more information, visit

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