Aldeburgh Young Musician at category finals of BBC Young Musician 2014

On May 9, Aldeburgh Young Musician (AYM), Julian Trevelyan appeared on BBC Four in the BBC Young Musicians 2014 piano category finals. As the youngest finalist in his category at the age of 15, Julian stunned audiences and viewers across the country with his performances of Beethovens Piano Sonata in E major op.109, 3rd movt, and Etude no.10, Der Zauberlehrling by Ligeti. Julian demonstrated the immense musicianship and passion that AYM has become renowned for, whilst also exemplifying a breadth of style and challenging repertoire that our young musicians feel entirely comfortable with. Make sure to watch the clips of Julian performing at the bottom of this post.

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Waiting for Julians Perfomance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Unfortunately competition was incredibly tough and Julian did not quite make it through to the finals, but Colin Virr, Head of AYM, who was at the performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff felt that Julian’s performance was incredibly well received- rounded off by “the warmest applause of the evening!”

AYM Julian Trevelyan after his performance.

AYM Julian Trevelyan after his performance.

In the weeks following up to the category finals in Cardiff, a small BBC production team came to Snape Maltings to film a profile of Julian whilst he was participating in an AYM residential course. The resulting film broadcast before Julian’s performance made Snape Maltings look just as beautiful as it really is, and showed the kind exciting work that AYM’s get up to when they are here. Colin Virr also made a television appearance and was asked to talk a little more about Julian as a musician and the AYM programme. (This, although he was nervous about doing, came across brilliantly!)

Colin Virr being interviewed by the BBC in the Kiln Studio at Snape Maltings.

Colin Virr being interviewed by the BBC in the Kiln Studio at Snape Maltings.

Well done to Julian for his determination, hard practice and superb musicianship for getting as far as he did. He is a real credit and asset to Aldeburgh Young Musicians.

AYM Julian Trevelyan after his performance.

AYM Julian Trevelyan after his performance.