Something Different: A Look at Up and Coming Classical Music Stars

[Since I’m an equal-opportunity editor when it comes to musical things, here’s a guest blog by the folks at Coach House Pianos in the UK. – AC]

Whilst the likes of Pavarotti, Bocelli and Rieu are all established, easily recognised names in the world of classical music, there is a steady stream, year on year, of fresh talent looking to bring their own classical style to our ears.

We thought it was time to take a look at some of these exciting, up and coming classical stars and have teamed up with Coach House Pianos to give you a rundown of a few of those we expect to be big in the coming years;

#1- Pavel Kolesnikov

Pavel Kolesnikov

Since really hitting the classical music scene two years ago, when he was the Prize Laureate of the Houens Prize for Piano, the Russian Pavel Kolesnikov has been winning the hearts of music fans with his piano prowess across the world.

Born in Siberia in 1989, he initially studied both the violin and piano before concentrating all of his efforts on the latter; which turned out to be an inspired decision. He has since studied all over the world including the likes of London, Brussels and Moscow, and earlier this year released his first studio album which was well received by fans and critics alike.

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#2- Esther Yoo

Esther Yoo

Born in 1994, Esther Yoo first played the violin at the age of 4 and has never looked back since. The wider world first noticed her when she became the youngest ever winner of the International Sibelius Violin Competition in 2010 and then, just two years later, she became youngest ever prize winner of the Queen Elizabeth competition.

Currently playing the beautiful 1704 ‘Prince Obolensky’ Stradivarius, Yoo has played with the likes of the Philharmonia Orchestra and performed at many festivals including Seoul International Music Festival and Festival du Château de Chambord in France to name just a few. Many believe there’s a bright future ahead for this young and incredibly talented violinist.

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#3- Alec Frank-Gemmill

Alec Frank-Gemmill

Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, born in 1985, has studied at some of the leading musical institutions in the world and has become recognised as one of the very finest of the new generation of horn players. After his apprenticeship in the orchestra of the Zurich Opera, he has since become the principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

This year saw him awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship as his stock continues to rise and is now also the appointed Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A regular at festivals, concertos and recitals across Europe and beyond, Alec Frank-Gemmill is the name to look out for in the horn playing world.

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#4- Narek Hakhnazaryan

Narek Hakhnazaryan

Born into a family of musicians, where his mother was a pianist and father a violinist, Narek Hakhnazaryan was always going to be a musical star. Born in 1988 in Armenia, he first caught the eye on an international scale after winning the Cello First Prize and Gold Metal in 2011 at the prestigious XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. Now regarded as one of the world’s very finest cello players, Hakhnazaryan plays alongside some of the very best orchestras around the globe.

Critically acclaimed in Europe, the USA and beyond, the 2014/2015 season is set to see him play with the likes of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony for the very first time as well as making his debut at the London Royal Festival Hall and embarking on a tour of Japan. It’s a busy time for this star cellist as he continues to make his name on the global stage.

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#5- Amy Dickson

Amy Dickson

2013 was the year saxophonist Amy Dickson really came to people’s attention as her album, ‘Dusk & Dawn’, reached the number one spot in the UK classical charts and she was awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards. Since then, this Australian, London based, saxophone player hasn’t looked back.

She has played on some of the world’s largest stages including the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall in London and alongside some of the most well-known orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Loved by classical music fans the world over, Amy Dickson is certainly a name to look out for in the coming years as she continues to bring the joy of the sax to our ears.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Something Different: A Look at Up and Coming Classical Music Stars

  • September 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    You cite two singers at the beginning yet make no mention of any up and coming singers.


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