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Musicians Display Their Talent

Akzo Nobel will be staging its 22nd Young Talent concert in Birmingham, UK, this month.

The Akzo Nobel For Young Talent program was introduced by the company in 1994 to help boost the careers of gifted young musicians and give them experience of performing with world class orchestras and conductors.

The event is being held at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall for the fourth time on March 9, when two soloists, Irish pianist Finghin Collins and Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, will take center stage.

Finghin—who was selected to appear after winning the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in 1999—and Janine—who won the Concours International de Chimay in 1997—will be performing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo.

Each so-called laureate takes part in three shows, with this month's program featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor and Britten’s Violin Concerto.

“The international careers of 13 talented musicians have been advanced by the support of our program, which is our main objective,” explained Ans Pot, Akzo Nobel’s advertising and sponsorship manager.

The concerts, which feature the winners of major international music competitions, take place at different venues around the world, with the next event scheduled for Helsinki, Finland, in October.

(Released: March 2, 2001)