BBC Young Musician winners Natalie Clein and Jennifer Pike share their experiences of winning the prestigious competition in the upcoming BBC documentary BBC Young Musician: Forty Years Young.
The documentary, which airs on Tuesday 3rd April on BBC Four at 21:00 (and is then available on iPlayer for 30 days), explores the 40-year history of the competition and the careers of its most successful previous winners.
Cellist Natalie Clein was awarded the top prize in 1994 and now performs at major venues and with notable orchestras worldwide. She records regularly for Hyperion, with her most recent record being described by Gramophone as “A wonderful and compelling recording… demonstrating the art of cello-playing at its most intimate – physical, lyrical and beautifully recorded”. In 2015 Natalie Clein was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Director of Musical Performance at Oxford University, and is the artistic director of her own chamber music festival in Purbeck, Dorset. Future performances include concert tours throughout South America and Australia, and concerto dates in Switzerland, Poland and Italy.
Violinist Jennifer Pike, who was the youngest-ever winner of the competition in 2002, aged 12, has gone on to have an exciting international career as a soloist. Jennifer made her BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall debuts shortly after winning, aged 15, and was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-2010) and a Proms ‘Featured Artist’ in 2009. Most recently Jennifer performed Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Mark Wigglesworth, and she can be heard over the next year performing with the Dresden Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jennifer is a judge for the 2018 String Category Final which is broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 6 April.