Notable Winners

The Ayrshire Music Festival has provided a performance platform early in the careers of many notable musicians, elocutionists and dancers. Rather than an exhaustive list, two very successful recent festival competitors are highlighted.

Nicola Benedetti

Success at the Ayrshire Music Festival


1995 – Class 121 Violin Solo Division C

1996 – Violin Solo Open Competition, Winner of The Royal Burgh of Ayr Trophy, Winner of The Sandy Lyle Trophy

Career highlights so far…


In 2004 Nicola Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competiton, with a memorable performance of Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto.

Following her win she signed a six-album recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Group and is now represented by IMG Artists. Nicola won Young Brittish Classical Performer at the 2008 Classical Brit Awards and her recently released her fourth album, Fantasie, reached No.1 in the Classical Album chart!

Michael Foyle

Success at the Ayrshire Music Festival


1999 – Class 107 Piano Solo Division F

2000 – Class 124 Violin Solo Division C, Class 105 Piano Solo Division D

2001 – Class 123 Violin Solo Division B, Class 103 Piano Solo Division B, Winner of The M L Limond Prize

2002 – Class 122 Violin Solo Division A, Class 102 Piano Solo Division A

2003 – Violin Solo Open Competition, Piano Solo Open Competition, Winner of The Elizabeth McNair Trophy, Winner of The Agnes Miller Memorial Prize, Winner of The Royal Burgh of Ayr Trophy, Winner of The Sandy Lyle Trophy

2004 – Instrumental Recital Class, Winner of The Robert Howe Memorial Trophy, Winner of The Stewart Linton Award

Career highlights so far…


In 2008, Michael was a piano finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year, and his success as a violinist is equally as impressive, Leading the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2009.