Early Music America and Naxos held a new recording competition for early music soloists and ensembles, with a prize that included a debut commercial CD recording produced and marketed by Naxos. This competition promoted the career development of emerging early music artists.
Grand Prize Winner: Wayward Sisters
Grand Prize Winner: Catacoustic Consort
1st Runner Up: Ciaramella
Honorable Mention: Lucas Harris
This competition encourages the development of emerging artists in the performance of Baroque music.
Grand Prize Award & Audience Award: Infusion Baroque
Presentation Prize: Trio Speranza
Grand Prize Award: Pallade Musica
Audience Award: The Sebastians
Early Music America, with the support of a generous individual donor, sponsored three Medieval/Renaissance Performance Competitions. This competition encouraged the development of emerging artists in the performance of Medieval and Renaissance music.
Unicorn Prize and Audience Prize Winner: Plaine & Easie
Unicorn Prize Winner: Ensemble La Rota
Unicorn Prize Winner: Asteria
This collaborative competition, co-sponsored by Early Music America and the Cambridge Society for Early Music, recognized excellence among up-and-coming early music specialists and gave one previously unrecorded artist the opportunity for a commercial release.
Grand Prize Winner: Tanya Tomkins
Honorable Mention: Charles Brink
This collaborative competition, co-sponsored by Early Music America and The Dorian Group, Ltd., identified emerging talent and gave previously unrecorded artists the opportunity for a commercial release. Finalists in the 2nd Dorian/EMA Competition are featured on Early Music LIVE 2000 CD, produced by EMA.
Grand Prize Winner: Masques
Grand Prize Winner: The Concord Ensemble
Runner-Up: Terra Nova Consort
Honorable Mention: Musicke & Mirth