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The Olga and Jules Craen Foundation’s “Young Musician of the Year” (YMOY) award for Western Classical Music – in any instrument or voice – is offered to an Indian citizen or Person of Indian Origin (PIO) resident in India, who will be nurtured over a period of one year. While continuing lessons with his/her own teacher, the YMOY will receive scholarships for quality training with visiting musicians and International teachers resident in India, financial aid for instruments and books, and assistance in attending master-classes and workshops in India and abroad.

Tanay Joshi, pianist, and the 2013 Laureate, had received tuition from visiting faculty and teachers at the OJCF and had attended a three week summer programme at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow in August 2013 where he had classes with Aaron Shorr, Emma-Ruth Richards (for composition) and India’s own, Fali Pavri. At Chetham’s he had classes with Justas Dvarionas and Bryce Morrison. Meagan Alphonso, pianist, the YMOY 2014 was sent to France where she benefitted from the teaching of stalwarts like Pascal Roge and Phillipe Entremont at the Summer Academy in Nice, and thereafter for a week at Paris with Shani Diluka, a world renown concert pianist. Meagan became so enchanted with music for the harp while in France that she started learning it and is performing with many ensembles in India and internationally today. Shirish Malhotra, flautist preferred one-on-one lessons with Paul Edmund-Davies, a former Principal Flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Anna Noakes, Katherine Bicknell and Anna Pope, and also attended a workshop at Trinity Laban, London. Apurva Devarajan, pianist and incumbent YMOY has already availed of classes at the University at Sydney, Australia and will leave shortly to attend The Festival MusicAlp at Tignes in France, at Chetham’s in Manchester and private lessons with Shani Diluka.

The Laureate will also be sent to perform at various schools of music in India and at the end of the year, the Laureate is expected to give a full-length recital at the NCPA during which his/her successor will be announced. The award will be made annually to the best young talent India has to offer.



  • A high level of competence equivalent to Grade 8 (TCL, ABRSM or LCM)
  • Indian passport holder including a Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) with residence in India for at least 8 months in the past year
  • Aged 18-25 on 1st June 2016 (relaxed to age 27 in the case of vocals)
  • The Foundation will select (reserves its right to select) merit-worthy candidates to help attain its objectives


HOW TO APPLY – BY 31st August, 2016:

Please submit the following documents via email to [email protected]:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitæ of the applicant including his/her work in the field of music
  • A biography of the applicant with a recent photograph (artist picture, not passport)
  • A statement of purpose, roughly 500 words, highlighting the applicant’s philosophy and ambition indicating how the award will help achieve his/her goals
  • A scanned image of the first and last pages (data pages) of the applicant’s passport
  • Mandatory: An online link to a recent video of the applicant playing some (if not all) of the music he/she will perform before the International jury
  • Selected applicants will be informed by early October 2016 and will have to arrange to come for auditions to Mumbai on 24th/ 25th November 2016 at The Little Theatre, NCPA Complex, Nariman Point Mumbai. They will have to pay for their own travel and accommodation in Mumbai and must make their own arrangements for accompanists, if they are required.


The repertoire for this performance is completely free choice. The selection process will entail performing a 40-45 minute programme for an International jury comprising of visiting examiners of Trinity College (TCL), The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the London College of Music (LCM). The Laureate will be announced soon thereafter and will perform briefly for 10 minutes as the Incoming Laureate at the NCPA on Tuesday 10th January, 2017. He/she will give a full-length recital in Mumbai at the end of his/her guardianship period in January or February 2018.

All applicants are advised to consult with their teachers and parents when preparing to apply. Queries may be emailed to [email protected]

The Foundation looks forward to receiving your application.