Two talented young musicians from Birmingham have been crowned 2018 winners in the final of the third annual Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform (BYMP).
Naomi Bazlov aged 15 from Birmingham won the Senior section and Ziying He aged 13 also from Birmingham won the Junior category on Saturday, 24th February in the magnificent Routh Concert Hall.
The adjudicators were blown away by the standard of the entries, with each competitor taking part in an audition round earlier in the week. They were then whittled down to just ten finalists, selected on merit by the distinguished Adjudicators: Malcolm Green (Chairman of Adjudicators), operatic star, Cathy Benson and renowned conductor, Jamie Phillips.
Naomi, a student at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham and takes private lessons at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, beat off fierce competition in the Senior category to take first prize in the Senior section for musicians aged 14-17 years. Incredibly, Naomi started playing piano aged four and has already completed the LLCM and ALCM diplomas. She achieved Grade 8 with distinction in 2012. The future is very bright for Naomi; indeed, she is set to take part in the Emanuel Trophy National Competition in London later this year.
Aged 13, Junior section winner Ziying, from Solihull School, has played piano for nine years. She has achieved the ATCL Piano Recital Diploma despite her young age and was a National Finalist of the 12 and under category of EPTA 2017. Ziying’s aim is to achieve her LTCL Piano Recital Diploma within the next few months. The Junior category is open to musicians aged 9-13 years, which included one of our youngest ever competitors this year.
Naomi gave a polished performance of Ravel’s Jeux d’Eau and Brahms’ Rhapsody in G minor Op.79 no.2 to scoop the top prize, with Ziying performing three pieces including Chopin’s Etude Op.10 no.4 to come out as the Junior winner. Both winners have been granted financial bursaries to accredited providers to enable them to further develop their musical talent.
Each category also has a second award of £400, which went to Angus Campbell Carter aged 16 from Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School and Rebecca Bazlov aged 11 from Edgbaston High School for Girls (and younger sister of the Senior winner, Naomi).
Monica Toso, Chairman of the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform said, “At The Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform, our aim is to always ensure the highest of standards. The ten finalists’ maturity in their interpretation of the pieces and their performance skills surpassed everyone’s expectations - they were certainly playing well beyond their years. We are privileged to be part of these young people’s musical journey and we look forward to following their progress in the coming years.”
For this year’s Platform competition, the geographical area was extended to all those who are at school or resident in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands (within a 30 mile radius from Bromsgrove). The junior section is for those aged 9-13 and Seniors aged 14-17. It is hoped that one day the success of the Platform will lead it into the realm of being a national opportunity for young musicians.
Its sister competition, The Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (BIMC), which runs the Platform, was originally founded for young talented musicians in 1980 by the late Dr Mary White. The competition is run by a trust, which is a registered charity (no.1155544). The International competition is open to instrumentalists and pianists of all nationalities aged 18 to 25 (28 for singers).
Now in its 38th year, the 2018 Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition will be held in Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School from 3rd – 7th April. Musicians from across the globe will battle it out during the preliminary rounds and the semi-final (3-6 April). The general public are encouraged to attend the earlier rounds for free, with the BIMC Finalists’ Concert taking place on the evening of Saturday 7th April. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bromsgrovecompetition.com
Following the success of the Platform competition, 2018 is definitely gearing itself up to be a year to remember for everyone involved in BIMC and BYMP. .