RNO Creates Young Musician Contest

Building on its two decades of developing concert and artistic initiatives to support young artists and music education, the RNO has inaugurated a Russia-wide Young Musicians Contest.

Applications will be accepted through March 1 from young musicians aged 10-18, and there will be competitions in three categories: piano, string instruments, and wind instruments. Contestants will submit recorded entries, which will be judged by a jury comprised of RNO soloists, concertmasters, and leading musicians.

In May, a shortlist of 30 candidates making it through the first round of judging will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Moscow for a series of individualized master-classes with RNO artists. This will comprise the second round of judging, after which the winners will receive the grand prize: participation in an October concert tour around Russia led by Mikhail Pletnev, in which they will be the featured soloists.

The contest is being underwritten by the Prince Michael of Kent Foundation.

More information on the concert (in Russian).

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