Prizes for Young String Players

29 Apr 2013

Outstanding young string players have been recognised through two special awards as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Musicians Programme.

Wu Quartet wins inaugural RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize

Benjamin Baker awarded RPS Emily Anderson Prize

The Wu Quartet is the inaugural winner of the RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for young string players. 

Violinist Benjamin Baker has won the longstanding RPS Emily Anderson Prize for young violinists, whose previous winners include Alina Ibragimova.

Selected following recent YCAT Trust auditions, the Wu Quartet will receive £5,000 towards professional development, and Benjamin Baker £2,500.

The RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize, specifically for violin, viola or cello players (or in combination as a Trio or Quartet) is a new addition to the Society’s burgeoning Young Musicians Programme which offers support to talented young musicians when it helps them most, from starting at music colleges to establishing their professional careers.

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29 April 2013


David Lowe, Music Lover: I'm always pleased to hear about the work done by the RPS to assist young performers and composers. They are indeed the future of music.


The cost of a bassoon for a young player starting their professional training is about £15,000. The RPS John Barbirolli Fund offers much needed financial assistance with instrument purchase.