The RPS Duet Prizes for Young Instrumentalists and Composers were founded through Ensemble Philharmonic – an initiative launched by the RPS and Duet Group that offers opportunities to students at secondary schools to experience and explore the classical music profession.
Alongside tickets to concerts, masterclasses, talks and project work, the RPS Prizes are two of the ways in which Ensemble Philharmonic is supporting the next generation of talented musicians.
The inaugural Prize was awarded to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason in 2016.
What does the Prize offer?
The recipient of the Prize will win £1,500 cash and a professional recital at a UK music festival.
Who is it open to?
The Prize is open to instrumentalists aged 18 and under who have achieved Grade 8 with distinction. If the applicant does not have Grade 8 distinction, both referees will need to verify that the applicant is of a comparable standard. Applicants may be studying their instrument through a music hub/service or at school (but NOT at a specialist music school) The Prize is only open to UK residents.
How can I apply?
The Prize is awarded bienially and an application form will be available to download here when applications open in Autumn 2017.
N.B. Completed applications are to be submitted by the music hub/service or school and not by the individual applicant.