Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme

The Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, administered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, has given invaluable support to countless young musicians since 1968. Its anonymous founder and benefactor provided enough money to enable exceptionally talented students to bridge the difficult gap between full-time study and professional status.

Many Martin Musical Scholarship Fund award winners have gone on to extremely successful orchestral or solo careers. Alumni include Benjamin Baker, Alison Balsom, Natalie Clein, Michael Collins, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis, Freddy Kempf, Tasmin Little, Jennifer Pike, Laurence Power, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Qian Wu. Philharmonia Orchestra players have also been beneficiaries such as current members Byron Fulcher and Mark van de Wiel.

With the support of its donors and after an extensive review, the Philharmonia Orchestra has begun to re-design the scheme to form the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme. This will be a more enhanced offer for young musicians, supporting those instrumentalists who are specifically seeking an orchestral career and connecting them to the wider life of the Philharmonia and the expertise within its membership.

2016/17 will see the launch of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s String Fellowship Programme– a new two year scheme for up to five young string musicians.

Meanwhile, young pianists, brass, woodwind, harp and percussion musicians will be able to apply as normal for the existing MMSF Awards for one more year until the 2017/18 Philharmonia Piano, Brass, Wind, Harp and Percussion Fellowships are launched. This will also be a two year scheme.

To find out more about the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme, please email


The Philharmonia Orchestra's MMSF Instrumental Fellowships Programme is generously supported by:

June Allison
Dr Paul Conway
The Oliver Green Memorial Trust
The Emanuel Hurwitz Chamber Music Charitable Trust
Mark James
The John E Mortimer Foundation
The Sidney Perry Foundation
Trevor Snoad

To find out how to support the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme, please contact Jonathan Kuhles, Director of Development on