Rising star jazz trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, who graduated from Trinity Laban in 2013, is one of just seven international young artists selected for BBC Radio’s enormously prestigious BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme.
The scheme was established in 1999 to help ‘support young musicians on the threshold of an international career’, and nurtures the finest young talents from across the globe. Selected artists are afforded numerous performance, recording and broadcast opportunities, and benefit from BBC Radio 3’s international music industry affiliations. Previous artists have included the likes of Alison Balsom, Natalie Clein and Colin Currie.
Laura Jurd is the first jazz artist to be selected for the scheme in three years. Already in her short career she has received numerous accolades, including the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz musician of the Year Award. Laura has been commissioned by the London Jazz Festival and the BBC, and is also a member of the genre-bending improv quartet Blue-Eyed Hawk, who released their debut album Under the Moon in 2014. She has received great acclaim for her two solo albums, Landing Ground and Human Spirit.