RPS-Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalists

Awarded by the RPS and Duet Group to an outstanding young instrumentalist.

While most RPS opportunities support musicians making their way in the profession and studying in higher education, we are pleased to partner with Duet Group to support several individuals already showing exceptional musical promise at school.

The Prize was first awarded to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason in 2016, and subsequently to Marie Sato (flute) and Noah Zhou (piano) in 2018.

What does the Prize offer?

All those auditioning for the prize will receive helpful and encouraging feedback from a panel of experienced teachers and performers. The recipient of the Prize will win £1,500,a recital at a distinctive UK music festival or venue, and further musical opportunities such as the chance to attend concerts and masterclasses.

Who is it open to?

The Prize is open to instrumentalists aged 18 and under, resident in the UK, 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, given the considerable opportunities already granted by such institutions.

How can I apply?

The Prize is presented biennially, and applications for 2020 will open in 2019.

Please note, there is also an RPS-Duet Prize for talented composers aged 18 and under, detailed here.


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