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This longstanding, prestigious competition takes place biennially at the National Centre for Early Music, UK, as part of the York Early Music Festival.
Recognised as a major international platform for emerging talent in the world of early music, the competition attracts musicians from all over the globe, offering a major boost to young professional careers with opportunities for performance, recording and broadcasting, with international exposure.

“We felt so welcomed and taken care of, and your flawless organisation meant we were able to focus entirely on our music making and enjoy the wonderful experience of the festival.” Liturina, competitors 2022
“It has been a huge pleasure to be in York, what a joy! Thank you again for all the support and for the wonderful organisation. Everyone was so nice, and…what an organisation!” UnderStories, competitors 2022
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