MMSF Instrumental Fellowships: About the Fellowships

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 Wu Qian. Philharmonia Orchestra players have also been beneficiaries such as current members Byron Fulcher, Mark van de Wiel and Yaroslava Trofymchuk.

Previous MMSF award winner Benjamin Baker © Philharmonia Orchestra

MMSF Instrumental Fellowship recipients 2018/19

With the support of its donors and after an extensive review, the Philharmonia Orchestra re-designed the scheme in 2016 to form the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme. This is 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.

Applications for 2020/21 Strings, Woodwind, BrassHarpsPianos and Percussion & Timpani Fellowships are now open, closing on Friday 7 February 2020, 5pm. To apply, please complete our online application form here.

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


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

Principal Supporter

We are also grateful to the following

The Oliver Green Memorial Trust

Mark James

The Gustav Mahler Society UK

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 Jennifer Suggitt, Director of Development on or contact the Philharmonia’s Development team on 020 7921 3903.