We are delighted to have such an esteemed panel of adjudicators for YMOG 2022. Please take a moment to read more about Karen Cargill, Michael Foyle and Steven Wray in the profile section below.
'Foyle's playing is remarkable' - BBC Music Magazine
Praised for playing of ‘compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and performances ‘full of sparkling detail, with tonal beauty and incisive rhythmic clarity, balancing wit and poetry’ (The Strad), Michael Foyle launched his career by winning The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016. His performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
His London debut followed with a recital at the Wigmore Hall (‘superlative’ – Seen and Heard International) and since then he has performed recitals in the UK’s most prestigious venues, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall and Usher Hall, regularly being broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Recent concerto appearances include with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart), English Chamber Orchestra (Prokofiev), Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk (Elgar), Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Brahms) and a return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Korngold). He gives recitals at festivals worldwide, including St. Magnus International Festival, New York Chamber Music Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival (St. Petersburg).
In 2018-19 he released his debut CDs, ‘The Great War Centenary - Debussy, Janacek and Respighi Sonatas’ on Challenge Records and ‘Lutoslawski and Penderecki: Complete Violin and Piano Works’ on Delphian Records, both to critical acclaim (‘vividly and beautifully conceived and executed – BBC Music Magazine, ‘richly detailed and impassioned performances’ - The Daily Telegraph, ‘a dream debut, 10/10’ – Luister, ’an extraordinary release, played phenomenally’ – Stretto). In 2020-21, he is releasing the Complete Beethoven Sonatas with pianist Maksim Stsura to mark the composer's 250th anniversary.
Alongside his varied performance work, which includes Trio Balthasar and Guest-Concertmaster appearances at BBC Symphony and The Halle, Michael is Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London (the youngest appointed in the institution's 200-year history) and at the Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland and was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award. In July 2018
Karen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland and is currently their interim Head of Vocal Studies.
Concerts this season and beyond include Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with WDR
Sinfonieorchester Köln and Cristian Măcelaru; Mahler Symphony No 2 with
Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España and David Afkham and with Orchestre
Symphonique de Montréal and Rafael Payare; Mahler Kindertotenlieder with
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Juanjo Mena; Korngold
Abschiedslieder and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra with Alpesh Chauhan; Mahler Symphony No 3 with
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana with Gustavo Gimeno; Bartók Bluebeard’s
Castle with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Robin Ticciati and
Wagner Fricka Das Rheingold with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and
Recent performances include Brangäne Tristan und Isolde with the London
Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2021 Glyndebourne Festival and Berlioz La
damnation de Faust with DSO Berlin, both conducted by Robin Ticciati; Mahler
Rückert-Lieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga
Gražinytė-Tyla; Elgar Sea Pictures with Danish National Radio Symphony
Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård and Judith in Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle with
the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.
Past opera highlights have included the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;
Metropolitan Opera, New York; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Montpellier Opéra; the
BBC Proms and Glyndebourne and Edinburgh International festivals, with roles
including Waltraute Gotterdämmerung; Erda Das Rheingold and Siegfried;
Brangäne Tristan und Isolde; Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites and Judith
Bluebeard’s Castle while on the concert platform Karen has worked with
conductors including Donald Runnicles, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen,
Daniel Harding, Edward Gardner and Mariss Jansons.
Karen has appeared with her recital partner Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall
London; Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Kennedy Centre Washington and
Carnegie Hall New York, and regularly gives recitals for BBC Radio 3. With Simon,
she recently recorded a critically acclaimed recital of Lieder by Alma and Gustav
Mahler for Linn Records, for whom she has also recorded Berlioz Les nuits d’été
and La mort de Cléopâtre with Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber
Karen is Patron of the National Girls’ Choir of Scotland.
Steven Wray read music at the University of Oxford. Later he participated in masterclasses at the Salzburg Mozarteum with the aid of Austrian government bursaries, and also enrolled in advanced chamber music classes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
He has performed throughout the United Kingdom and Europe in solo recitals, concerto performances and also as a pianist in chamber music, song recitals and contemporary music. In the 1980s he participated in Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now! and in the Park Lane Group's annual contemporary music concerts, appearing at London's Barbican and South Bank Centre.
Particular highlights of the 1990s included several tours of central Europe: performing solo works, Lieder and chamber music at the invitation of the Czech Schubert Society; concerto performances of Beethoven with the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra; festival performances in Prague bringing to modern audiences the music of composers silenced in the dark years of political oppression in the 1930s and 1940s (including an illustrated broadcast talk for Radio Free Berlin). In Vienna he performed contemporary music with Ensemble 9.
In 2004-2005 a series of six solo piano recitals entitled ‘Romantic Generations’ at the Warehouse, Waterloo in London surveyed a number of substantial works from the core repertoire, featuring Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert at one end of the spectrum and post romantics Busoni, Skryabin and Debussy at the other — including Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt along the way. It was described as a “highly enterprising and imaginative” series by Jeremy Siepmann, editor of PIANO magazine. It was also given particular recommendation in Time Out London’s classical music listings.
In the field of contemporary music, following a very successful London début at the Purcell Room at London’s South Bank Centre in 1988, Steven Wray has collaborated with several composers resulting in a number of first performances and various premiere recordings to his credit. Composer Andrew Keeling’s recently issued album ‘Spiritus’, features the renowned Hilliard Ensemble, and concludes with Wray’s recording of a cycle of six pieces for piano entitled ‘Blue Dawn’.
Steven Wray is Head of Piano at Westminster School in the heart of London, where he has taught and coached quite a number of advanced pianists since the early 1990s. Additionally, he has taught at Westminster Abbey Choir School, many of his chorister pupils going on to receive significant scholarships and musical awards. As an ABRSM examiner he has travelled widely, particularly in South East Asia.