Who is it open to?
It is open to violin, viola or cello players, in a trio or quartet (together with the possibility of a piano), to be used to support performance opportunities and career development, particularly in the field of chamber music.
The Trustees have a clear preference for British players following the wishes of the founders. For example, they would allow one non-British player within a trio or quartet. The Frost Music Trust is particularly interested in the performance of chamber music. The winner(s) will be asked to submit a proposal to the RPS for approval before the payment is released. (The money cannot be used for instrument purchase.)
How can I apply?
The prize is awarded by the RPS through the annual Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT*) audition process. All eligible applicants will be considered for the prize.
The deadline for applications for this award has now passed. Information pertaining to next year's award will be available here from Autumn 2017.
*YCAT promotes, nurtures and supports outstanding young soloists and chamber musicians at the beginning of their professional careers, as a stepping stone towards commercial representation. New YCAT artists are selected via their annual audition process.
Click here for a list of winners since 2013
Albert and Eugenie Frost
The RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize is supported by the music trust set up in memory of businessman and music philanthropist Albert Frost and his wife Eugenie. Frost, who died aged 96 in 2010, was a keen violinist with a passion for chamber music and during his lifetime. In his later years he was a member of the Arts Council and the appeal committee of the Royal Opera House, a deputy chairman of the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts, chairman of the Robert Mayer Trust for Youth and Music and of the City of London Carl Flesch international violin competition, and was a driving force in establishing the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments to encourage young British string players.