BBC Young Musician 2018 announced

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Birmingham pianist Lauren Zhang has been named the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018.

The 16-year-old, who is is studying for her GCSEs, has been attending the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire since 2009.

For the Young Musician final yesterday (Sunday), Zhang performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.16.

Kerry Andrew, chair of the judging panel, said: ‘Lauren’s performance left us all breathless! Her exceptional level of technical skill and intelligent musicality shone through in a beast of a piece. We see great things in her future!’

Zhang will go on to perform on the BBC Radio 3 stage at The Biggest Weekend in Coventry on 28 May and at the BBC Young Musician 40th anniversary Prom on 15 July.

The other 2018 finalists were 18-year-old saxophonist Robert Burton and 18-year-old cellist Maxim Calver.

BBC Young Musician celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018 with a BBC Four documentary, a new series of podcasts and the first ever BBC Young Musician Prom.