As anticipation mounts for the BBC Young Musician 2012 Final, held at The Sage Gateshead (Sunday 13 May), BBC Cymru Wales can reveal that the winners of the Walter Todds Bursary are Hyun-gi Lee and Juliette Roos, both 16 years old.
Hyun-gi won the BBC Young Musician 2012 Percussion Final, earning her a place in the Semi-Final and Juliette was a finalist in the Strings Category.
The Walter Todds Bursary is presented in memory of the late Walter Todds, co-founder of the BBC Young Musician competition. A bursary of £1,000 is allocated at the discretion of the BBC to the performer or performers who did not reach the Final but who showed great promise.
Hyun-gi from South Korea began studying percussion in Seoul and came over to England at the age of 12 to study at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She also became a student at The Purcell School of Music in February 2011 and holds a Government Scholarship under the Music and Dance Scheme.
She has won various percussion prizes including first prize at the Seoul University National Competition, Guildhall and Trinity Hall Marimba Competition (Category B) and the Fermo International Percussion Competition (for Tuned Percussion) in Italy.
Juliette was born in London and began her violin studies at the age of 5, later joining the Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2006, Juliette’s family relocated to Singapore. During this time, Juliette played regularly in solo and chamber music concerts and during vacations, joined music festivals and chamber master classes in the UK, Netherlands and New England, USA.
Now back in the UK, Juliette studies with Lutsia Ibragimova at the Yehudi Menhuin School and her recent performance schedule has taken her to France, Italy, Taiwan, Netherlands and the USA.
Tonight (Saturday 12 May) BBC Two viewers can see which of the five semi-finalists make it to the Final of BBC Young Musician 2012.
They are Yuanfan Yang (Keyboard Category Winner), Alexander Kelly (Brass Category Winner), Laura van der Heijden (Strings Category Winner), Charlotte Barbour-Condini (Woodwind Category Winner) and Hyun-gi Lee (Percussion Category Winner).
They will be competing for three places in The Final of BBC Young Musician 2012 where, in addition to the coveted title, the winner will receive a £2,000 cash prize and a specially designed trophy, created by Swansea designer jeweller Mari Thomas.
BBC Young Musician is managed and produced by BBC Cymru Wales.