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2021 LSO Keston MAX Winners

2021 LSO Keston MAX Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Summer School & Festival Keston MAX auditions. These 12 musicians will have the opportunity to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Sir Simon Rattle side-by-side, and take part in additional training activities with LSO musicians in person in 2022.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC GLOBAL ACADEMY

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC GLOBAL ACADEMY

From 2014-2018, as part of a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, 40 Music Academy fellows participated in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy’s Zarin Mehta fellowship program. Ten fellows were selected each summer to travel to New York for a ten-day intensive program, which included training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians.

During each Summer Festival, the partnership also offered Academy fellows training by Philharmonic musicians, biennial performances by the Philharmonic at the Music Academy Summer Festival, and Academy Festival Orchestra performances at Music Academy Summer Festivals.

The Music Academy’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic was made possible through the generosity of lead sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA KESTON MAX EXCHANGE

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA KESTON MAX EXCHANGE

Music Academy of the West and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) launched a new partnership in 2018, in which 12 fellows are selected annually to participate in intensive training with the Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. As part of the partnership, the winners of the 2018 Solo Piano and Marilyn Horne Song competitions made a London recital appearance at LSO St Luke’s as part of the Keston Music Academy Exchange (Keston MAX). Throughout the partnership, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, and other key LSO conductors and musicians perform and teach at the Academy. The 2021 Keston MAX in Santa Barbara will take place the week of July 26-30 with five LSO principals in residence for virtual lessons and coaching sessions and the Keston MAX auditions.

The lead sponsors of the London Symphony Orchestra partnership are Linda and Michael Keston and Mary Lynn and Warren Staley. Additional support has been provided in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.