Percussionist Fang Zhang triumphed with an exhilarating marimba rhapsody in an evening of dazzling performances by three teen virtuosos
Whether you attribute the mood of heightened emotion to the effects of lockdown, or to the exceptional quality of the playing, the 2020 BBC Young Musician final stood out as a golden year – even in the absence of a live audience. The three who made it to the last round – 18-year-old Annemarie Federle (French horn), 19-year-old Ewan Millar (oboe) and 17-year-old Fang Zhang (percussion) – have had to wait over a year for this grand denouement because of Covid. Virtuosic, poised, unflustered, they all deserve major careers.
The BBC Young Musician final is on BBC iPlayer.