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NYC’s Concert Artists Guild (CAG) Announces New Partnership with London’s Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT)

When it comes to developing the careers of emerging young artists in North America and Europe, New York’s Concert Artists Guild (CAG) and London’s Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) share more than a century of experience. Now, following the success of YCAT artists Jamal Aliyev and Tabea Debus at CAG’s most recent competition, the two organizations draw on their combined expertise to launch a new partnership that will allow them to offer young artists unprecedented new transatlantic opportunities, while also growing the resources available to help them.

The collaboration is timely, for young musicians have never faced greater obstacles in starting their careers, and most struggle to be seen and heard in today’s challenging global environment. By joining forces, CAG and YCAT are confident that they can help these young artists navigate and connect cultural marketplaces on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tanya Bannister, President of CAG, comments:

“It’s fantastic for young musicians to have both CAG and YCAT working together to mentor and create opportunities. It’s imperative to explore increasing resources for musicians that help create unique and global points of view.”

Alasdair Tait, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of YCAT, comments:

“Following the success of Jamal Aliyev (cello) and Tabea Debus (recorder) at the CAG’s Victor Elmaleh Competition in October, it is so exciting to be exploring ways of deepening our relationship with CAG. Rather than simply sharing artists, this is an opportunity for us to grow the creative opportunities available for young artists on both sides of the Atlantic and further our aligned missions of developing and challenging the landscape for 21st-century musicians.”

About Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT)

Founded in 1984, the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) is a specialist UK charity that identifies talented young musicians and enables them to become self-sufficient by nurturing and supporting their careers. YCAT is unique in providing sustained, intensive guidance, bespoke artist management and prolonged care over a three-to-five-year period. Having selected artists who show international potential, YCAT works in partnership with many of the most important venues around the world, building strategic career development that enables young artists to flourish.

YCAT’s past roster of artists is a testament to its unparalleled reputation in young artist development. Among many others, its distinguished alumni include tenor Ian Bostridge CBE, flutists Adam Walker and Emily Beynon, oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, clarinetist Mark Simpson, trumpeter Alison Balsom OBE, trombonist Peter Moore, guitarist Sean Shibe, pianists James Baillieu and Alexander Ullman, violinist Benjamin Baker, cellist Li-Wei Qin, and the Belcea, Doric and Heath Quartets.

About Concert Artists Guild (CAG)

Concert Artists Guild empowers musicians and launches careers that are sustainable, unique and relevant. Through mentorship and performance opportunities, CAG identifies and develops young artists who will make an impact in the world through music. Since 1951, CAG has helped more than 500 young musicians launch concert careers. Winners of CAG’s annual competition receive comprehensive management support, a New York showcase performance, concert bookings and professional career development and coaching.

Notable alumni artists include violinists Jennifer Koh, Joseph Lin (Juilliard Quartet) and Eugene Drucker (Emerson Quartet); pianists Barry Douglas, Michael Brown and Daniel Hsu; clarinetists David Shifrin and David Krakauer; flutists Carol Wincenc, Marina Piccinini and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase; groundbreaking ensembles Imani Winds, the Brasil Guitar Duo and Sybarite5; and Grammy-winning ensembles the Pacifica and Parker String Quartets, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and MacArthur Fellow Eighth Blackbird.

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