New prize for young classical musicians

Warner Music Group has announced the creation of the Warner Music Prize, a new award to be given to a classical musician aged 18-35 ‘who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise, regardless of any label affiliation’.

The award, established with support from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, offers a cash prize of USD100,000 (€80,200) and the chance to record with Warner Classics.

In its inaugural year the prize will be presented in association with Carnegie Hall, featuring nominees who appeared in significant solo roles during the venue’s 2014-15 season, including soprano Sarah Shafer (pictured), cellist Brook Speltz and pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

A winner will be announced in spring 2015, chosen by expert jury and overseen by WMG senior vice president Eliah Seton.