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2018 Ross Houston

2018 winner Ross Houston is studying for a BA in Flute Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.Ross Houston is 17 years old, a former pupil of Fourtowns Primary school and Cullybackey College....

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2017 Winner - Samuel Kane

The 2017 Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year is Samuel Kane from Portadown College Adjudicator Richard Yarr thanked Comber Rotary for the invitation, adding that it was a pleasure, a privilege...

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2016 - Tom Myles & Grainne White

For the first time in its 24-year history, there were two NI Young Musicians of the Year 2016. 14-year-old Tom Myles, a clarinettist from Regent House School, tied for the title with Grainne White, a ...

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2015 - Cathryn Lynch

Winner of the competition was percussionist Cathryn Lynch who had given stunning performances in both pieces. Her Marimba piece was absolutely amazing and commenting on her combined percussion playing...

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2014 - Angus McCall

Angus McCall, a 17-year-old cellist, from Methodist College, is the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year 2014. The final in the Harty Room in Queen’s University, Belfast on Saturday 22 March fe...

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2013 - Eva Richards

Eva Richards, a 17-year-old cellist from Ballymena, is the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year 2013. Adjudicator Edwin Gray complimented all the contestants on their excellent performances. He...

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2012 - Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas from Comber is the 20th winner of Northern Ireland’s Young Musician of the Year.The final was held in The Harty Room in Queen’s University, Belfast on Saturday 03 March and featured fou...

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2011 - Bradley Parker

The 2011 Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year is Bradley Parker, a 14-year-old bagpiper from Portavogie. Bradley, a pupil at Regent House School, Newtownards, has been playing the pipes since h...

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2010 - Craig Lutton

Sixteen-year-old Craig Lutton from Antrim won the 2010 contest with a rousing performance on xylophone of a piece entitled Bacchanale. He has been learning percussion since he was seven-years-old and ...

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2009 - Stephen Rankin

14 year-old flautist Stephen Rankin from Ballymena and a student at Cambridge House Grammar School won the 2009 competition. He played The Great Train Race by Ian Clarke with panache and impressive te...

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2008 - Fionnuala Ward

15-year-old pianist Fionnuala Ward won Northern Ireland’s Young Musician of the Year 2008.  Fionnuala, who lives in Magherafelt and goes to St Mary’s Grammar School in the town, is a pupil of Derry pi...

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2007 - Sean Morgen-Rooney

Sean Rooney, a 13-year-old pianist, is the 2007 Northern Ireland’s Young Musician of the Year.Sean, from Mayobridge goes to Abbey Grammar School in Newry.  He played “Romance” by the Finnish composer ...

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2006 - Sam Law

Pianist Sam Law from Ballymena Academy took the honours in 2006. He has since been travelling weekly to the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, studying under its director, internationally-renowne...

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2005 - Stephen Heagney

Stephen Heagney from Belfast, winner in 2005, has been studying law at Cambridge University and is believed now to be gaining work experience with a well-known London practice advising leading interna...

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2004 - Ryan Gray

Former Methodist College pupil Ryan Gray played the euphonium to take his title in 2004. Though the euphonium still gets a regular outing he is now more likely to be seen on trombone with the Universi...

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2003 - Justin Livingstone

Justin Livingstone from Belfast, 2003’s winner, is now firmly focused on English Literature studies at the University of Edinburgh. Having completed his undergraduate degree, he is now studying for hi...

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2002 - Darren Scroggie

Guitarist Darren Scroggie from Ballymena Academy won in 2002. Since then he has completed five years studying medicine at Queens University, and is now a doctor at Causeway Hospital, Coleraine. Though...

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2001 - Kim Vaughan

Kim Vaughan from Derry who won in 2001, has completed her primary degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and is in the middle of a two-year master’s course in Geneva under Gabor ...

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2000 - ​Hyung Kyong Koo

Hyung Kyong Koo, a young Korean pianist living in Belfast won in 2000. She is believed to be studying medicine at Queen’s University....

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1999 - ​Scott Foster

Scott Foster played the marimba to take his Young Musician title in 1999. He studied at the Royal College of Music and then  taught and performed in London as a freelance percussionist before returnin...

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1998 - ​John Wilson

John Wilson, 1998’s winner, teaches as Head of Piano at the Lisburn School of Music, having previously studied piano for ten years in Dublin at the Leinster School of Music. Apart from his classical t...

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1997 - Jonathan Byers

Belfast cellist Jonathan Byers who won in 1997 plays with the Badke Quartet, widely recognised as one Britain’s finest string quartets. The Badke regularly performs at festivals in the UK and abroad, ...

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1996 - Gillian McWilliams

Singer Gillian McWilliams from Carrickfergus, who won in 1996 did not take up full-time music as a career. Instead she studied politics and history for her BA at UU, and subsequently completing her Ma...

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1995 - Jonathan Johnston

Flautist Jonathan Johnston from Temple, Co Down was NI Young Musician of the Year in 1995, and was successful in gaining a scholarship to the James Galway International Flute Seminar in Switzerland.  ...

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1994 - Jonathan Coffey

Violinist Jonathan Coffey from Antrim won in 1994. A pupil at Antrim Grammar he departed for Cambridge to study music there, but after a few years changed course. He completed his undergraduate studie...

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1993 - ​Claire McKeown

Claire McKeown from Templepatrick, who won the first competition in 1993, is now full-time co-leader of 2nd violins in the RTE Concert Orchestra. A recent highlight was when she travelled with the Orc...

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