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Young artists are as always at the heart of IGF’s work. Their Young Artist Platform offers much needed opportunities for young guitarists in the early stages of their careers. Awardees are offered concerts at IGF’s festivals that season as well as workshops and mentoring, and participate in IGF’s outreach work in schools.
Luke Bartlett is a British classical and electric guitarist from Bristol. He started playing at age 10 and remained largely self-taught until being inspired to pursue conservatoire classical study at the World Youth Guitar Festival in 2017. He is now a final year undergraduate student at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff where he studies with maestros Helen Sanderson, Zoran Dukic and John Mills. Luke seeks to reinvigorate the guitar’s tradition for dramatic and expressive performance while also exploiting more of the instrument's technical possibilities. He is a member of Res Novus, a flute & guitar duo with Josephine Connor and is humbled to be a Julian Bream Trust scholar and receive support from the Bristol Classical Guitar Society, Classical Guitar Centre Birmingham and LFMI.