Due to the global pandemic, YCAT was sadly unable to complete its annual selection process with the live Public Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall. As an alternative, we are providing a unique and compelling package of support services to each of the 12 finalists (selected from over 100 initial international applicants). This includes online career advice sessions and workshops, as well as dedicated social and digital media presence across YCAT’s platforms, thus supporting them to further build their careers throughout the coming year.
Whilst the offer does not include the regular full artist management service and promotion, each finalist will have the option to progress directly to the semi-final stage of YCAT 2021 live auditions. Our aim, as ever, is to help support the emerging careers of these talented musicians in the most practical way through this crisis.

Andrei Gologan (piano)

Acclaimed for music-making of intense intellectual and spiritual substance, pianist Andrei Gologan has garnered support and guidance from renowned musicians such as Sir András Schiff and Richard Goode. Andrei was invited by Sir Schiff to perform in the concert series Building Bridges - Andras Schiff Presents Young Pianists, debuting at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, deSingel in Antwerp, and the Beethovenhaus in Bonn. Other recent appearances include Herkulessaal in München or the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, collaborating with ensembles such as Camerata Salzburg and the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a scholarship recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy, the Oxford Piano Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, receiving impulses from Ferenc Rados, Gidon Kremer, Gabor Takács-Nagy, and Thomas Adès. An avid chamber musician, Andrei is scheduled to perform in festivals like Krzyzowa Chamber Music Festival, the ClasClas Festival in Vilagarcia de Arousa, and Villa Musica in Mainz. The summers of 2017 and 2018 saw Andrei in the position of co-organising the Salzburg Mozart Matinees, a festival dedicated to music and interdisciplinary arts.

Anouchka Hack (cello)

German cellist Anouchka Hack, born 1996 in Antwerp, gives acclaimed concerts both as a soloist and in Duo with pianist Katharina Hack in venues such as Beethovenhaus Bonn, Boulez Saal Berlin, Fondation Vuitton Paris and Konzerthaus Dortmund; she is invited to play at festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and has been honored with several prizes and awards. Her concerts have been broadcast by german radio WDR and NDR, Radio Classique (FR), and medici.tv. As a soloist, Anouchka Hack is playing with orchestras like the Zagreb Soloists, Sinfonia Rotterdam, and Dortmunder Philharmoniker. With her Duo, she has just released their Debut album with works by Shostakovich on GENUIN classics, featuring a track with cellist Gautier Capuçon, in whoms „Classe d ́Excellence de Violoncelle“ Anouchka was a laureate. She is currently studying with Frans Helmerson in Berlin and will continue her studies at the Kronberg Academy this fall. Anouchka Hack plays on a Bartolomeo Tassini Cello, Venice 1769, loaned to her by the German Foundation for Musical Life.

Ariel Lanyi (piano)

Ariel Lanyi began piano lessons with Lea Agmon before his fifth birthday and made his orchestral debut shortly thereafter. He has since given numerous recitals in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, and Prague, among many other places. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Israel Symphony Orchestra and the CBSO, and has performed with leading members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Israel Philharmonic. In 2017, Ariel was awarded first prize at the Dudley International Piano Competition, and in 2018 the first prize at the Grand Prix Aminato in Paris. Ariel studied at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music with Yuval Cohen. Currently, he studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne and Ian Fountain. He has also received tuition from artists such as Leon Fleisher, Robert Levin, Richard Goode, Murray Persia, Imogen Cooper, Leif Ove Andsnes, Steven Osborne, and Ivan Moravec.

Barbican Quartet (string quartet)

The London-based Barbican Quartet was founded in 2014 and quickly began establishing internationally. Winners of the 1st Prize and Special Prize for a Classical Work at the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition, 1st prize at the St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, 3rd Prize and the Audience Prize at the Irene Steels Wilsing Quartet Competition, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize, the quartet enjoys a dynamic concert career and performs regularly in the UK and Europe. They are currently Young Artists in Residence at St John Smith’s Square, London, 2020-21 Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists as well as 2020 YCAT Finalists. The Barbican quartet currently studies with Guenter Pichler at the Escuela Reina Sofia. They are very grateful to the Hattori Trust for their support, and to the Dutch Instrument Foundation for the use of Amarins' Guadagnini violin and the Canimex Group (Canada) for the loan of Yoanna’s Gagliano cello.

Dominik Wagner (double bass)

Internationally acclaimed double bassist Dominik Wagner is an ECHO Classic prize winner and scholarship holder of the Anne-Sophie Mutter foundation. Seeking to broaden horizons for the double bass as a solo instrument, Dominik has performed with orchestras such as the BR-Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Consequently, he has appeared in renowned concert halls such as Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Herkulessaal München and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. He has been a prizewinner at the renowned ARD Music Competition and the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition among many others. Despite his young age, Dominik is also a sought after pedagogue. As such he has given masterclasses in different parts of Europe and the US. Dominik has studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna for 6 years and is currently studying at the University of Music Nürnberg with Prof. Dorin Marc.

Erica Piccotti (cello)

Erica Piccotti, born in Rome in 1999, graduates in cello at only 14 years old summa cum laude with honours at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome and currently attends the Professional Studies in Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. In addition to win numerous national prizes she won first prizes in international competition such as “Johannes Brahms competition” and “Janigro International competition” and she received the “Landgraf von Hessen Preis” by Kronberg Academy. In 2020 she was awarded “Young Concert Artist of the year” by ICMA. She performed in prestigious festivals both as soloist and chamber musician. In 2013, the Italian Republic President Giorgio Napolitano has awarded her of the Certificate of Honor "Alfiere della Repubblica". Since April 2018 is available her debut CD for Warner Classic playing with pianist Itamar Golan. 

Irène Duval (violin)

Irène Duval, born to a French father and Korean mother, has been praised for her “infinite delicacy”, “astonishing virtuosity” and “her mastery of phrasing and of the dramatic dimension”. Her engagements have included performances with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Kremerata Baltica, Orchestre d’Auvergne, with Maxim Emelyanichev, Michael Sanderling, and Robert Trevino. During her studies at the Kronberg Academy, she worked and played with internationally renowned musicians, such as Emmanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Martin Helmchen, Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Ferenc Rados, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andras Schiff and Christian Tetzlaff. In 2019, Steven Isserlis invited her to play at his Fauré/Schumann concert series at the Wigmore Hall, and has invited her for a further concert there, broadcast by the BBC, in January 2021. Irène began the violin at the age of seven in Hong Kong, studied in France with Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Roland Daugareil and Daria Hovora, then in Kronberg with Mihaela Martin.

Kunal Lahiry (piano)

Prizewinner at the 2019 Toulouse International Song Competition, the Indian-American pianist Kunal Lahiry made his debut performances last season at the Wigmore Hall, La Monnaie, and the Weill Music Room at Carnegie Hall. His special affinity towards art song has also led to performances at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Britten Studio, Sage Gateshead, Teatr Wielki, Musée d’Orsay, Petit Palais, Leipziger Oper, and in the Lunchkonzert series of the Berliner Philharmonie. Recently, Kunal was awarded the Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize at the Oxenfoord International Summer School and was invited to join the 2020 Heidelberg Lied Akademie, with performances at the Pierre Boulez Saal and Heidelberger Frühling Festival. In 2018, Lahiry was selected for the first academy of melody and lieder at the Royaumont Abbey and Musée D’Orsay, a year-long residency culminating in a live album recording with B Records. He studied at the McGill University in Montréal and received his Master's in Song Interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin, where he currently resides.


Mateusz Kowalski (guitar)

Touted by Classical Guitar Magazine as a ‘spectacular’ musician and his interpretations as ‘truly breathtaking’, Mateusz Kowalski - a 25 years old guitarist from Poland - is emerging as a star on the worldwide guitar stage. His repertoire consists of pieces from different epochs – from renaissance to modern compositions. His aim is to build the interesting, convincing and very often surprising musical creations, being in the same while the great stories, which impact the listeners. As a concert artist, he performed in the most famous venues worldwide. He gave recitals in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, VIenna, Paris, Budapest, London and could be heard in 20 countries all over the world. The
competitions he had won had a huge, positive impact on his career. Next to the 1st prize and audience prize in Antony (Paris), France, the most important one is the 2nd EuroStrings International Competition in London, UK. In September 2019 artist’s debut CD album Mateusz Kowalski Classical Guitarist was premiered. It was released by the Polish label CD Accord and distributed by NAXOS.



Mithras Trio (piano trio)

Winners of the 10th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, 67th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Award 2019 and the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2019, the Mithras Trio came together in 2017 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Matthew Jones, Carole Presland and Ursula Smith. They have performed at major London venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room, as well as giving concerts at the Lake District Summer Music Festival, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival and Leeds International Concert Season among others. The trio have been selected to perform in masterclasses with Ralf Gothóni, Levon Chilingirian, the Takács, Danish and Emerson Quartets, and Alasdair Tait, and they have undertaken residencies in Snape Maltings, Suffolk, and at the Schulich School of Music, Montréal. They are currently Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists and are on the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.


Quatuor Agate (string quartet)

The Paris-based Quatuor Agate was founded in 2016 in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” where they studied with Eberhard Feltz. The quartet returned to Paris in 2018 to study with Mathieu Herzog and Luc-Marie Aguera at the Conservatoire de Paris. They join renowned chamber music academies such as Verbier Festival Academy, MISQA, and the Aix-en-Provence Academy with teachers such as Günter Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Sir András Schiff, and Tabea Zimmerman. The quartet was quickly invited to perform in several international festivals and venues: The Verbier Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Les Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. The Quatuor Agate created the CorsiClassic Festival in 2016. Since 2018, The Agate Quartet is in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac and has been selected for taking part in the Le Dimore del Quartetto project. In 2019, the quartet became a resident of ProQuartet and associate-artist at the Festival La Brèche. The Quatuor Agate is a prize-winner of the Verbier Festival Academy 2019 and the Irene Steels- Wilsing Competition 2020. 


Ryan Drucker (piano)

Praised for his intelligent playing, formidable technique and powerful interpretations, Ryan Drucker is a Belgian-born concert pianist currently based in Manchester. In recent years, Ryan has received first prize in both the Brant International Piano Competition and the piano category of the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition, and was awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship and the Carnwath Scholarship. Alongside his solo successes, Ryan is an avid chamber musician and in recent years has collaborated with Nicholas Daniel, Matthew Jones, Alice Neary, Krysia Osostowicz and Rohan de Saram. He is a member of the Jumis Ensemble. Ryan is passionate about education and is a piano and chamber music tutor at Yorkshire Young Musicians at Leeds College of Music. He also teaches privately students of all ages. Away from the piano, Ryan loves to read and lives with his partner, Sarah, and his typically self-entitled cat, Nala.

Anouchka Hack © Anoush Abrar

Barbican Quartet © Andrej Grilc

Irène Duval © Yasmin Samray