A jazz musician is among seven new artists and performing groups selected to join BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme.
Pianist, horn player and composer Gwilym Simcock, who won the Rising Star Award at the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards, is the first ever Jazz New Generation Artist, and will be part of the scheme for one year from September 2006.
Radio 3's New Generation Artists programme, launched in 1999, offers brilliant international artists or groups who are beginning to make a mark on the national and international music scene unique opportunities to develop their performing talents with the support of Radio 3.
Each year Radio 3 recruits new artists or groups to the scheme from a wide field, providing a representative cross-section of the most exciting British and international young artists.
From October 2006, the Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme is supported by Aviva, the international savings, investments and insurance group, in a two-year agreement.
Adam Gatehouse, the Radio 3 New Generation Artists programme editor, says: "Since its launch seven years ago, BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme has attracted some of the most outstandingly talented musicians from the classical world, and we're thrilled to now welcome a brilliant young British jazz musician onto the programme."
Gwilym Simcock says: "I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be chosen as the first ever BBC New generations jazz artist. I trained as a classical player but chose jazz as it opened up a whole new world for me.
"This is a great day for jazz and I see exciting opportunities in my special area of interest as a composer developing work that spans the divide between improvised jazz and classical music."
The new Radio 3 New Generation Artists are:
Gwilym Simcock (jazz UK)
Eduard Kunz (piano Russia)
Ebene Quartet (France)
Aronowitz Ensemble (UK)
Danjulo Ishizaka (cello Germany/Japan)
Sharon Bezaly (flute Israel/Sweden)
Ronan Collett (baritone UK)
They will be joining the artists already on the scheme:
Cedric Tiberghien (piano - France)
Andrew Kennedy (tenor - UK)
Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano - Holland)
Psophos Quartet (France)
Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe - Russia)
Martin Helmchen (piano - Germany)
Alina Ibragimova (violin - Russia)
Since its launch in September 1999, the Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme has given performance and recording opportunities to 49 different artists and groups from over17 countries, helping them embark on major international performing careers.
As well as giving Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Radio 3's current and former New Generation Artists, including pianists Paul Lewis and Simon Trpceski, baritone Chistopher Maltman, percussionist Colin Currie and the Belcea String Quartet, have performed in recital across the UK and at major British festivals including the City of London Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cheltenham Festival and Edinburgh International Festival as well as the BBC Proms.
All the artists have performed with the BBC Orchestras and the New Generation Artists have made special studio recordings for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Several New Generation Artists have recorded CDs for EMI's Debut Series; those made by the Belcea Quartet, Simon Trpceski and Jonathan Lemalu were all awarded Gramophone's Debut CD of the Year prize.
BBC Radio 3 has also commissioned a series of new works for New Generation Artists in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Society from composers including Mark Anthony Turnage, Brett Dean and Simon Holt.
Further information is available at bbc.co.uk/radio3/
Current BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists:
Alison Balsom (trumpet Britain)
Martin Helmchen (piano Germany)
Alina Ibragimova (violin Britain/Russia)
Andrew Kennedy (tenor Britain)
Alexei Ogrintchouck (oboe Russia)
Trio Ondine (Denmark)
Christian Poltera (cello Switzerland)
Psophos Quartet (France)
Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano Britain)
Royal String Quartet (Poland)
Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano The Netherlands)
Antoine Tamestit (viola France)
Cedric Tiberghien (piano France)
Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists:
Lisa Milne (soprano - Scotland)
Paul Lewis (piano - England
Emily Beynon (flute - Wales)
Steven Osborne (piano - Scotland)
Leopold String Trio (England)
Christopher Maltman (baritone - England)
Belcea String Quartet (England)
Jerusalem String Quartet (Israel)
Nathalie Clein (cello - England)
Alban Gerhardt (cello - Germany)
Elisabeth Batiashvili (violin - Georgia)
Francois Frederic Guy (piano - France)
Kungsbacka Trio (England )
Ashley Wass (piano - England)
Alexander Melnikov (piano - Russia)
Ronald van Spaendonck (clarinet - Belgium)
James Rutherford (bass baritone - England)
Emma Bell (soprano - England)
Simon Trpceski (piano - Macedonia)
Ilya Gringolts (violin - Russia)
Lawrence Power (viola - Britain)
Li-wei Qin (cello - China/Australia)
Karol Szymanowski Quartet (Poland/Germany)
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano - Britain)
Jonathan Biss (piano USA)
Jonathan Lemalu (bass baritone New Zealand)
Sally Matthews (soprano England)
Janine Jansen (violin Holland)
Claudio Bohorquez (cello Germany)
Galliard Ensemble (wind quintet England)
Alex Slobodyanik (piano - Russia)
Christian Poltera (cello - Switzerland)
Martin Frφst (clarinet - Sweden)
Llyr Williams (piano - Wales)
Artemis Quartet (Germany)
Ailish Tynan (soprano - Ireland)
Colin Currie (Percussion - Britain)
Gwilym Simcock will perform with his trio at the Wigmore Hall on Friday 17 November as part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3.
Gwilym Simcock is online at www.bashomusic.co.uk/gwilym.htm