Strings Final Highlights

BBC Young Musician2020 Episode 5 of 6

Ilai started his journey at YMC in Tanja Goldberg’s violin beginner group class in 2007.

With just one place in this year’s semi-final left to play for, the focus is on strings with three violinists, a cellist and a harpist competing in the last of the BBC Young Musician 2020 category finals. Organist and conductor Anna Lapwood introduces highlights of the strings final, which was filmed at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff before the lockdown. Anna is joined by acclaimed British violinist Matthew Trusler to review each of the performances.

The competitors are violinists Mio Takahashi, Ilai Avni and Coco Tomita, who are all 18, cellist Ellen Baumring-Gledhill, who is also 18, and 17-year-old harpist Huw Boucher. They perform works by composers including Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Kreisler.