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What the Gryphon Award Is All About

The Competition is open to students who attend International or Independent Schools in Moscow and the surrounding area; who wish to exhibit their talent and abilities in performing classical music. The Competition will be held initially in two age groups: students no younger than and no older than 8-11 years old on the day of the competition and students no younger than and no older than 12-16 years old on the day of the competition. The final contestants will compete as ‘one group’.

Independent/International Schools are duly invited to take part in this annual event; the winner whom will be presented the exclusive Schools Young Musician of the Year trophy, by none other than HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The winner will also receive the opportunity to travel, with one member of their family, for 2 days to London, UK, to attend the London Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.


Five Instrumental Sections


Classical Guitar

Academic Voice


Woodwind and Brass 

Stages of the Competition


March 23

The first round live auditions will take place, on Saturday, 23rd March, 2019 in the Performance Hall of Brookes Moscow (7, Lazorevyy proezd) at 09:00-18:00.


For this round, all applicants will have to perform 2 pieces of a collective 4-6 minutes in length and that must include pieces of different character, at least one of which must be composed in the 19th Century. A maximum of 3 participants of each age group for each section will be selected to take part in the semi-final.


Individual applications are welcome, as long as the student entering is enrolled in an Independent or International School in Moscow.


Schools are welcome to enter up to 10 students; a maximum of 3 entries per instrumental section.


Competitors will be scheduled prior to the event and a 2 hour window provided; during which they will compete and be informed if they are successful for the next round.

Live Auditions - First Round


March 26

The Final will be held as a recital evening performance which will be open to the public, families of participants and international school representatives, doors open at 18:00 pm on Tuesday 26th March in the Performance Hall of Brookes Moscow.

The duration of the performance must be between 5 and 10 minutes, and it must include 1 or 2 pieces, one of which may be from one of the previous rounds, and one of which must be composed in the 19th Century.

All participants in the Final Round will receive diplomas of Laureates, indicating their age group and instrument.

After the Final auditions, the Jury will announce the winner of the competition.

Final Round

Sponsors and Guests
HRH Prince Michael of Kent
HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO was born on 4th July 1942 at the family home in Iver, Buckinghamshire. He was christened Michael George Charles Franklin, with President Franklin D. Roosevelt as one of his godfathers. His father, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was the fourth son of King George V and his mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and of Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia. Prince Michael was educated at Sunningdale School and then at Eton College.
Alf Torrents
Alf Torrents assumed the role of Executive Director of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce in October 2017.
Alf had a first career as an officer in the British Army where he served in a variety of countries including Afghanistan, Chile and South Africa. During this time he spent three years in Moscow at the British Embassy, where he also travelled and worked in Turkmenistan.
Stuart Lawson
Representative of the Management Board
Executive Director, Head of UK Business Centre, Ernst & YoungStuart Lawson was appointed to the RBCC Board of Directors in July 2013. Mr Lawson is Executive Director, Russia & CIS, Ernst & Young. He is also Head of the UK Business Centre and a senior adviser for financial institutions and government initiatives in Russia and CIS for Ernst & Young.
Before joining Ersnt & Young in 2011, Mr Lawson spent 16 years as CEO/Chairman of 4 banks in Russia.
Ivan Bessonov
Ivan Bessonov was born in 2002. He began to study the piano at the age of 6. He is currently a student of the Moscow Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (Vadim Rudenko’s class). He presented his recital at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016; he went on to perform with the Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra.
He is a prize-winner at the International Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists.
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