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).

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace