What do people say about New Talent Festival?

“This competition is so well organised, and the awards are really impressive. I am thanking you very much indeed and looking forward to the live one next year!”

Julie Zhang, 2022 Participant, UK


“It was an amazing experience for Alfie to join the New Talent Festival 2021 & 2022. The Festival was not only a competition but also an education programme. Alfie was inspired through a series of sharing sessions and talks with other participants and the jury panel. It was Alfie’s honour to be one of the participants and he appreciated every moment.”

Alfie Lo, 2021 and 2022 participant. Hong Kong China


“My experience with the New Talent Festival has been amazing. Despite the time zone difference, they made the process of participating in and submitting my submission very straightforward. It was a great experience competing at an international level. Also, the judges were from esteemed backgrounds and their feedback was very helpful. “

Avantika Swaminathan, 2022 Participant, USA


“I had a really great time during the festival and competition, and I love how organised the zoom links or how the calendar worked. The feedback from the jurors was very helpful to me and will help me improve my performance in the future. Also, the opportunities I had after getting the first prize in my age group were very nice, such as the interview coming up, the pre-interview to help me prepare for the real thing, and the kind posts on social media. It feels like you guys really care about my progress and improvement as a young musician, unlike some other online competitions where we just sent a video and get a certificate. I just want to thank you for this amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to performing at London next year.”

Rina Takahashi, 2021 and 2022 Participant, Thailand


“The New Talent Festival is more than a competition, it is a community of young passionate musicians who are inspired and wisely guided by a group of marvellous and prestigious professional musicians and pedagogs. My sons have participated in it for the past three years and have gained great experience in performing and recording, received valuable feedback and participated in many talks and interesting events. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the enlightened vision of its founder: Amy Yuan. My sons perform and compete in many international competitions but New Talent Festival has a human and pedagogical aspect to it which makes it a very special event and precious for the development of any young musician. “

Elisabeth, Mother of 2020, 2021 and 2022 Participants, UK/Spain.


“I love the New Talent Festival because I get to meet many other musicians who are still learning like me from all around the world. I find the feedback and advise of the adjudicators very useful. I like very much being an ambassador for the New Talent Festival because I think it is a wonderful competition and I recommend all the young musicians to take part in it. The talks are very interesting too! Thank you New Talent Festival!”

Apollo (took part in 2020, 2021 and 2022)


“I am very happy to participate in the New Talent Festival. I have participated for two years and I liked very much the Awards Ceremony as I could see all the other musicians and listen to the adjudicators say very useful things for me to improve. Thank you New Talent Festival!”

Achilles (took part in 2021 and 2022)


“The New Talent festival was a great opportunity to gain new musical knowledge from experts of renowned music colleges and schools in addition to the weekly practice surgeries and the young musician’s forums. The competition also provided me with great feedback from the juries which allowed me to improve further. The New Talent festival was definitely an eye-opening experience for me!”

Pam Kijoran, 2021 participant,Thailand

“Taking part in the New Talent Competition and Festival 2022 was such a great experience and opportunity and allowed me to interact with so many different musicians all over the world despite being online! I really enjoyed how competitive yet friendly and supportive the environment and community of the competition were!”

Mariam Siali, 2021 and 2022 participant,UAE


“I am so impressed by New Talent. L has already taken part in 4 music competitions this year, and New Talent is the best we’ve experienced so far. Well done!”

Frankie, Father of 2021 Participant, Australia


“New Talent was extremely well-run. The comments and from the jury were excellent and so helpful! You are the best competition we’ve taken part in!”

Renee, Mother of 2021 Participants, USA


“This experience was really great for Léanore. Thank you so much for providing musicians from around the world such an opportunity to be part of this large community and to inspire each other in such challenging times.”

Kun, Mother of 2021 Participant, Australia


“I would like to give thanks to you, your team and jury for such a wonderful competition. It was an honour for me to take part. Special thanks for sending a comment sheet. It is really important for me.”

Elizaveta, 2019 Participant, Russia


“We thoroughly enjoyed the competition, thank you! E said it was her favourite one yet! =)”

Donna, Mother of 2019 & 2020 Participant, UK


“Both children really enjoyed the competition and the experience of performing in public, and getting feedback from the judging panel. They were thrilled to have won medals and it has really motivated them for their next performance opportunity.”

Morley Family, 2019 Participant, UK


“Thanks go to your accompanist who was an amazing musician as well as being really kind and friendly with the children. I was also extremely impressed by the expertise you had on your panel of adjudicators. It is unusual to find that many experts sitting together.”

Lynda, Mother of 2019 Participant, UK


“We wanted to thank Amy and her team for organising this kind of event, as it gives an amazing opportunity for young talents to be known and to perform… Finally, a separate thanks to the jury panel, for their time, their hard work on the day and their comment sheet, which is very useful. We look forward to next year!”

Terrochaire Family, 2019 & 2020 Participant, UK


“Thank you for giving young musicians the possibility to still “perform” and participate in “concerts” and events. This worldwide pandemic has been very hard on children and youngsters’ mental health… The New Talent Festival definitely has a much deeper significance this year. As parents, we send you all the gratitude from our hearts for making it happen.”

Elisabeth, Mother of 2020 & 2021 Participant, UK/Spain


“The New Talent Festival is most certainly destined to become a very important date in the musical calendar. The competition, with its prestigious panel of judges, was exceptionally well run. A huge thank you to Amy and her team, the judges and the accompanists for making this such a memorable event.”

Chris, Father of 2019 Participant, UK


“My son made lots of new friends from different countries and it was a great experience for him. He was supported and reassured throughout the whole process, and I could not ask for more.”

Irene, Mother of 2018 & 2020 Participant, UK

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