Applications are now being taken for the 2011 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards, it has been announced. Launched in 1989 by the instrument manufacturer, the programme now runs in 31 separate European countries and has provided over 850 talented musicians with the opportunity to perform at a high standard.
Piano students studying on a full-time music course at a higher education establishment from the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply for the scholarships.There will be four prizes of £2,000 awarded to the winning finalists.
Yamaha explains that potential candidates need to submit unedited recordings of two contrasting works to be in with a shot at the prize. Ten finalists will then be selected and invited to perform before the final judging panel at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on February 8th 2011.
The panel consists of a number of prominent music professors from schools around the country including the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Trinity Laban and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Mike Ketley, Yamaha’s director of corporate affairs commented: “We are always excited when we call for entries for our scholarships; supporting up-coming musicians is central to our philosophy and we know that the programme often plays a pivotal role in both assisting students expand their studies and getting noticed by the media and industry.”
Entries must be submitted by November 30th and application forms are available for download on the manufacturer’s website.
The scholarships have established an international reputation for showcasing and spotting the finest emerging talent in the country and past students have gone on to forge strong careers in the industry. These include saxophonist Amy Dickson, euphonium player David Childs and pianists Sasha Grynuk and Eduard Kunz.
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