BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme was founded in 1999 with the aim of nurturing and promoting some of the world’s best young musicians at the start of their international careers.
Now in its 19th year the scheme provides musicians with unrivalled opportunities to make studio recordings of chamber music and with the BBC orchestras, perform in Radio 3’s prestigious Monday Lunchtime Concert series at Wigmore Hall, as well as at many of the UK’s top festivals and venues, commission new work, and collaborate with fellow NGAs.
Through supporting the brightest musicians in reaching the next stage of their careers the scheme showcases new talent to listeners across the UK via a series of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. Over the past 19 years the scheme has supported internationally recognised artists as diverse as Benjamin Grosvenor, Alison Balsom, the Belcea Quartet, Christine Rice and Gwilym Simcock.
This year’s New Generation Artists will join those from 2017 and listeners will be able to hear from both talent pools throughout the year. The 2017-19 New Generation Artists, who remain on the scheme for another year, are: violinist Aleksey Semenenko, mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison, pianist Mariam Batsashvili, jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, Quatuor Arod, trumpeter Simon Hofele, and guitarist Thibaut Garcia.