Applications for the annual Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) Auditions are now open! The deadline for applications and video submissions is Friday 1 March 2024 at 11:59pm.

At an exciting time for YCAT ahead of our 40th anniversary, which we’ll be celebrating throughout the 2024-25 season, we can’t wait to hear from young classical musicians at the start of their careers!

For 40 years, YCAT has been at the forefront of discovering, nurturing and supporting extraordinary early-career professionals, easing their transition from talented students to accomplished performers. Our work plays a vital role in the world of classical music, developing important artistic careers that continue to thrive, inspire and bring joy to audiences around the world.

Selected artists will receive:

  • Management - 3-5 years of developmental and holistic management

  • Performance - Strategic diary of engagements secured worldwide (selected joint artists, in collaboration with Concert Artists Guild)

  • Exposure - Regular marketing to 5,000+ promoters and concert halls worldwide

  • Branding - High-quality publicity materials and professional photo shoots 

  • Digital - Comprehensive social media and website consultation and support

  • Media - Live recordings of recitals at Wigmore Hall 


Applications are submitted via Muvac this year - a free online platform gathering cultural institutions and musicians across the world.  

Categories for the 2024 Auditions are:

  • Strings

  • Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

  • Voice

  • Solo Piano / Keyboard (includes Accordion)

  • Ensemble (2-6 members)


Monday 8 April 2024 - Live semi-final auditions at the Casals Forum, Kronberg, Germany.

Thursday 11 April 2024 - Live semi-final auditions at World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens, London, UK. 

Thursday 16 May 2024 - Public Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall, London, UK. 


More information about YCAT auditions.

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This year’s auditions are supported by Lark Music Insurance -a leading musical instrument insurance specialist. YCAT applicants now get a 10% discount (terms and conditions apply).

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