Once the core offering of AIYF, the classical music and orchestral strand of the festival is still as strong as ever, with impressive orchestras performing in Aberdeen’s most iconic venues, to the daytime concert series, ‘Up Close & Musical’, providing audiences with an opportunity to experience the next generation of professional musicians. From two Shanghai orchestras to the Moravian Woodwind Quintet and the Vivaldi Strings ensemble from the USA, there is something for everyone at this year’s AIYF.

Hebrides Ensemble (UK)
Hebrides Ensemble has established itself as one of the foremost chamber music collectives in the UK. Co-founded and led by its artistic director, the cellist and conductor William Conway, the Ensemble is renowned for its fresh and intelligent approach to programming, which places contemporary music at the heart of a diverse range of repertoire. This includes everything from solo and chamber music, to opera and... SEE DETAILS »
North East of Scotland Music School (UK)
The North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS) is the UK’s most northerly centre of advanced music tuition. Founded in 1975 by Dorothy Hately, the school provides an opportunity for talented individuals of all ages to gain access to teaching of the highest calibre. This year’s performers from NESMS will be announced in June.... SEE DETAILS »
Moravian Woodwind Quintet (Czech Republic)
The Moravian Woodwind Quintet was established by members of Brno Conservatoire in 2014. Members are all leading musicians both at the Conservatoire and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Their ethos is to play classical music from their perspective, along with pieces from opera, musicals and some contemporary music. This is their first visit to AIYF, and shortly after the festival they will... SEE DETAILS »
Marco Ramelli, Live Music Now (UK)
Marco Ramelli, Live Music Now Born in Milan, Marco graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters Degree of Performance with Distinction under the supervision of Professor Allan Neave and is currently a Doctorate student there. His RCS Contemporary Guitar research project will involve composers, guitar makers and institutions from all over the world with the aim of widening guitar repertoire and find new... SEE DETAILS »
Equilateral (UK)
Equilateral is a recorder ensemble formed in 2014 consisting of musicians from the Royal College of Music, London. Founding member Iain Hall is from Aberdeenshire, and he is joined by Thomas Shelbourn, Daniel Scott, who all receive tuition at the RCM on a regular basis from Ashley Solomon, Maria Martinez Ayerza and Julien Feltrin. Furthermore through the RCM, Equilateral has benefitted from masterclasses with recorder... SEE DETAILS »
Amanda Macleod & Tamsin Raitt (UK)
Scottish Mezzo Sopranos Amanda MacLeod and Tamsin Raitt sing a recital themed around the Auld Alliance with lieder by French and Scottish Composers including Berlioz and James Macmillan. They will be joined by accompanist Edward Cohen. Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours from The University of Edinburgh in 2015, and currently studies singing with Margaret Aronson and Linda Hutchison having previously had over... SEE DETAILS »
Oxford Lieder Young Artist Award Winners: Lorena Paz Nieto & Johan Barnoin (UK)
Oxford Lieder Young Artist Award Winners: Lorena Paz Nieto & Johan Barnoin The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Award is given to two or three outstanding duos each year. To qualify for the award each artist must be enrolled on a post-graduate course at a leading UK Conservatoire, demonstrate a superior level of musicianship and have outstanding performance skills. Spanish soprano Lorena Paz Nieto is currently with Royal... SEE DETAILS »
University of Aberdeen Ogston Prize Winner: Amanda Garcia Fescarzaga (UK)
Born in Madrid, Amanda studied there with the pianist José Antonio del Barco, son of the composer Miguel del Barco, and later with the internationally acclaimed pianist and conductor Isidro Barrio before studying at the University of Aberdeen. In 2012 she attended Esteban Sánchez International piano master classes in Extremadura, Spain, receiving lessons from Ian Yungwook Yoo and Iván Martín. In 2014, Amanda enrolled in... SEE DETAILS »
Vivaldi Strings (USA)
Vivaldi Strings is a chamber group of 27 young performers from the Wheaton College Community School of the Arts Suzuki Program in Wheaton, Illinois. The group was formed in 1976 and has included students ranging from age 7- 18. Each member began his or her training very early in life, some as young as 3 years old. Each year, the group tours nationally or internationally... SEE DETAILS »
Aberdeen & North East of Scotland Music Festival (UK)
Aberdeen & North East of Scotland Music Festival is Aberdeen’s oldest and most original music, drama and dance festival and takes place annually in June. It was founded in 1909 by Stanford Terry, a professor of History at Aberdeen University, who wanted to encourage music making and performance in the North-East of Scotland. The festival adopts the motto Sir Henry Walford Davies used, which was... SEE DETAILS »

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