Young Artist Platform 2022-23

New players. New music. New experiences

IGF YAP aims to help young guitarists in the critical phase between the final stages of music education and the concert platform.

Applications for the IGF Young Artist Platform 2022-23 are open to guitarists up to and including 30 years of age. We accept applications from soloists and from ensembles which include guitar.

To apply please send an email to which includes:

  • a short CV which includes details of your music education (conservatoire, music school, etc.)
  • proof of date of birth (such as passport or driving licence)

Auditions will be held in Central London on 25 June 2022, between 9:30 am and 1:00pm in front of a panel of experts.

Applications close at 11pm BST on 19 June 2022. If invited for audition, you will hear by 21 June 2022 and given your audition and arrival time. At the audition, you will play a programme of 10 minutes of your own choice. You will also need to submit three sample programmes of 45 minutes by 5pm on 23 June 2022, (these don’t have to consist of music you actually play) each of which needs to include at least one piece from the IGF repertoire list of commissioned works (to be found on the IGF website under the NEW MUSIC button at the top of the page).

If successful, you will be offered concerts at IGF festivals in the 2022-23 season as well as mentoring and workshops in a range of subjects. IGF commissions new music especially for the YAP programme and you will be expected to play a minimum of two new pieces, one at London Guitar Festival on 21 October 2022 and a second one in spring/ summer 2023, and we will also expect you to learn one additional new piece from the IGF repertoire list of commissioned work during the 2022-23 season.

2021-2022 Awardees

Emanuele Addis

Emanuele Addis, born in 1996 in Sassari, Italy, is currently attending a Master of Arts at Royal Academy of Music in Michael Lewin’s class. Addis stood out in numerous international competitions. To name but a few, he won the 3rd prize at the Brussels International Guitar Competition and the 2nd prize at Plovdiv International Guitar Competition in Bulgaria. Additionally, Addis participated in several solo recitals in both Italy, Germany, Serbia, United Kingdom and Bulgaria, in fact, he performed at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan, at the Senato della Repubblica Italiana in Rome, Italian Institute of Culture in Munich, Germany, Theâtre du Vaudeville in Brussels and at the Treća beogradska in Belgrade.

Sergiu Hudrea

Sergiu Hudrea is a Romanian guitarist, studying for his Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of music after completing his master’s degree there earlier this year. He was awarded more than 65 prizes among which 32 were first prizes in international competitions all around Europe and in the USA. In 2018 he was one of the finalists in the popular TV show ‘Romania’s Got Talent’. In 2020, Sergiu won the Blyth Watson Concerto Prize with his performance of the Malcolm Arnold Guitar Concerto. He is now working on both solo and chamber music projects whilst following his passion for teaching.

Bradley Johnson

Bradley Johnson is a guitarist with a specialism in modern repertoire. Composers he has worked with include Philip Cashian, Edward Cowie, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Morgan Hayes. Recent projects include recording the two Guitar pieces commissioned for the Royal Academy of Music’s ‘200 Pieces Bicentenary project’ by Gary Carpenter and David Gorton; for this he was awarded the Bache Fund Prize and the recordings will be released on the Academy’s label in 2022. Future commissions include a piece for Guitar and Harp by Edward Cowie and a Guitar Quartet by Marino Arcaro for the Spectrum Guitar Quartet