RPS-Duet Prize for Young Composers
Awarded by the RPS and Duet Group to an outstanding young composer.
The RPS-Duet Prizes for Young Composers and Instrumentalists 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 composer Freya Ireland in 2016, and to Adam Possener in 2018.
What does the prize offer?
The recipient of the prize will receive £1,500 cash and a professional commission for performance in the UK.
Who is it open to?
The Prize is open to composers who are aged 18 and under, studying through a music hub/service or at school (but NOT at a specialist music school) and who are resident in the UK.
How can I apply?
Applications for 2020 will open in 2019.
Ralph Kirshbaum, International Cello Soloist: For 40 years London has been a base for my concert and teaching activities, I endorse and support with gratitude the indispensable work of the RPS.
DID YOU KNOW?
Over 130 new works have been commissioned by or dedicated to the RPS since 1813. Nearly half of these were commissioned since 2000.