Sarah Bayens - Violin (Winner)
The finals were a close run thing, but there was something very special in Sarah's finely polished performances of the Rhapsody no. 1 by Bela Bartok and Ravel's Habanera, that swung the votes her way. She comanded the stage with confidence and won with a deep sense of humility and grace.
Balder Dendievel - Oboe
At just 16 Balder was the youngest finalist. He started playing the oboe when he was five. By 8, Balder had entered the Conservatoire of Bruges, where he added the organ to his studies. At 10, he became a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ghent, becoming principle oboeist at 12. Even as a student, Balder played professionally as oboeist for several orchestras and ensembles including The Belgian National Orchestra.
Felix Vermeirsch - Cello
During his live auditions for ‘YBT 2018’, Felix highly impressed the jury, not only with his playing, but also with the maturity of his compositions and unique cello tuning. During the finals he performed one of his own compositions, 'Jebel Muza'.
Hanne Bayens - Clarinet
There's something very special about Hanne's playing, In the face of incredible competition, Hanne wowed the first-round ‘YBT’ judges with her ability to communicate directly to the hearts and minds of the jury. She opened the evening with a very fine rendition of Poulenc's sonate pour clarinette et piano, FP 184.
George-Lukas Ilouridze - Clarinet
Maybe the 2018 finals will be remembered as the finals where we had two clarinets? But there could be no two more different musicians. George-Lukas stole the hearts of the public with his masterful and passionate rendition of Sholem Aleichem, Rov Feidman by Béla Kovács. An absolutely masterful Klezmer work.
Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden - Piano
Roeland Hendrikx - Clarinet
Kati Sebestyén - Violin
Nathalie Lefèvre - Clarinet
Leonid Kerbel - Violin
Laurent Graulus - Radio Producer Musiq3
Katrin Derboven - Coach
Marjan Hellraeth - Impresario
Vilmos Csikos - violin (winner 2015)
Harley Lovegrove - Founding Director YBT
Greet Van 't veld - Klara programme maker & musicologist