10 under 35 musicians performing in THSH’s Birmingham Classical 2019/20 Season

As the youngest city in Europe, Birmingham has a wealth of emerging talent that Town Hall Symphony Hall is proud to celebrate in the newly announced Birmingham Classical 2019/2020 Season. Here's just a selection of the under 35 musicians due to perform.

10. Pavel Kolesnikov


The 30 year old Russian pianist was named winner of the Honens International Piano Competition in 2012. He was also part of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists, a BBC scheme intended to nurture young emerging talent for a two year period. He will be performing in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini alongside the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra on 17 September 2019.  

9. Pablo Ferrandez

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28 year old Spanish Cellist and ECHO Rising Star Pablo Ferrandez was the winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky competition and ICMA’s Young Artist of the Year in 2016. He will be performing Bruch, Brahms and Shostakovich at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

8. Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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Everyone's talking about 20 year old Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the young British cellist from Nottingham who astonished the world at the royal wedding, became the BBC's Young Musician of the Year in 2016 and whose 2018 debut CD stormed the US pop charts. Sheku visits Symphony Hall on Saturday 18 July 2020 to perform alongside his equally talented sister Isata Kanneh-Mason who will accompany on piano.

7. Alice Sara-Ott


30 year old German-Japanese classical pianist Alice Sara Ott returns to Birmingham following the release of her album Nightfall in 2018. Though a brilliantly compelling recitalist, Ott is also a talented illustrator and designer. She will be performing Debussy, Satie and Chopin at Symphony Hall on 27 June 2019.

6. Eric Lu


21 year old Eric Lu is an American classical pianist who won the Leeds international Piano Competition in 2018. He first came into international spotlight in 2015 as a prize winner in the Chopin International Competition as well as winning the 2017 International German Piano Award. He will be playing the piano alongside the Orchestre National De Lille who perform Ravel, Beethoven and Debussy at Symphony Hall on 28 January 2020.

5. Noa Wildschut

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18 year old Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut made her debut aged 7 in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw on The Night of the Promising. She also become an exclusive recording artist for Warner classics in September 2016 and will be preforming Schubert, Jouey Roukens, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev at Symphony Hall on 29 January 2020.

4. Jess Gillam

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20 year old British Saxophonist Jess Gillam made her international debut in June 2018 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvalli. At just 13, she became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa saxophones and is also a patron for Awards for Young Musicians. Most recently, BBC radio 3 announced she would be fronting their new show The Classical Life,becoming the youngest presenter on the station. She will be performing at Symphony Hall on 12 March 2020.

3. Lauren Zhang

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17 year old American born pianist Lauren Zhang won the BBC's Young Musician of the Year in May 2018 when Julian Lloyd-Webber pronounced her “a total phenomenon”. Her recital will include Schubert, Liszt and Ravel at Symphony Hall on 27 June 2020.

2. Nobuyuki Tsujii


30 year old Japanese pianist and composer Nobuyuki Tsujii has been blind from birth. He won the joint gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano competition in 2009 and has also performed in recitals and orchestras across Asia, Europe and North America. He will play various pieces from Schubert, Scriabin and Chopin at Symphony Hall on 9 May 2020.

1. Joao Barradas

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27 year old Portuguese accordionist and ECHO rising star Joao Barradas won the World Accordion Trophy twice as well as the International Castelfidardo Concert. He will be reciting Yann Robin's E[N]IGMA at Symphoy hall on 14 May 2020

Whether you're just starting out on your discovery of classical music, or are a seasoned attender, we look forward to welcoming you to two of the finest concert halls in the world.

Discover Town Hall Symphony Hall's Birmingham Classical 2019/2020 Season: https://www.thsh.co.uk/bc1920