RPS Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalists

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

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.

Applications for the 2018 RPS Duet Prize are NOW OPEN!

What does the Prize offer?

All those auditioning for the prize will receive invaluable performing experience and feedback from a panel of experienced teachers and performers. 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?

An application form (see below) should be completed, and this and all other required materials should be submitted online via the link specified in the Terms and Conditions (see below).

N.B. Completed applications are to be submitted by the music hub/service or school and not by the individual applicant.

Successful applicants will be invited to a first audition lasting 15mins, including presentation time, in London on either Saturday 27 or Sunday 28 January 2018.

Successful auditionees will be invited to perform a mixed programme totalling 35-40mins, including presentation time, in London on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before applying.

DEADLINE: Wednesday 15 November, 12 noon


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