Welsh trumpet player Huw Morgan, winner of the 2005 ITG Solo Competition in Bangkok, has won the brass division of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year competition for 2006. The five finalists (one each from brass, strings etc) took part in the Concerto Finale at The Sage, Gateshead, UK in May 2006, with the Northern Sinfonia conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier. Morgan's performance "with great panache and real musicianship" of the Tomasi Concerto won wide acclaim from public, orchestra and judges, the latter including Sergei Nakariakov. The Times newspaper commended the "high intelligence and immaculate professionalism" of Morgan's "sun-kissed yet super-cool" Tomasi, and predicted: "Morgan ... will surely make it to the top". The overall Young Musician of the Year title was taken by clarinettist Mark Simpson.
Morgan, a former student of John Dickenson and Murray Greig, was principal trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for three years. Among his other competition successes are prizes in the ITG Youth Competition in 2002 and the Texaco Young Musician of Wales in 2003. He is now starting his first year of study for a music degree at Oxford University. His trumpet studies will continue with James Watson and Håkan Hardenberger. A concert at the Wigmore Hall, London (a well-known starting point for many solo careers) on 2nd November at 1pm is just one result of Morgan's placing as a BBC finalist.
The next BBC Young Musician of the Year competition takes place in 2008. Application forms and on-line entry forms will be available from 1 January 2007 and the closing date is 1st April 2007. Please see the website listed below for more information.
BBC Young Musician of the Year
The Times review
The Sage, Gateshead
Wigmore Hall, London
Other ITG links
2005 ITG Solo Competition
2003 news story: "Trumpets take 1st and 3rd place honours in Young Musician of Wales"
2002 ITG Youth Competition