Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London has a new scholarships programme. The Bicentenary Scholarships will provide 40 students with funding over the next five years.
Four Bicentenary Scholars have been selected for 2018-19: pianist Anna Geniushene, harpist Claudia Lucia Lamanna, violinist Emily Nebel and cellist Yoanna Prodanova. The programme, which costs GBP1.7m (€1.9m), was funded by an anonymous donor.
Bicentenary Scholars have to have completed an undergraduate degree. Scholars will be mentored by an RAM professor, receive one-to-one lessons and receive performance and professional development opportunities.
Further, participants will benefit from a new partnership with label Linn Records, who will release a series of recordings made by scholars.
Commented RAM principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood: “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation which will help nurture some of the most talented young musicians from all over the world, and, along with the new partnership with Linn, give them an opportunity to bridge conservatoire and professional life. Our ongoing relationship with Linn reflects a collaborative ideal of exposing the very best young musicians to the unique artistic challenges and opportunities of the studio within an educational context.”