Jumpstart Jr. Foundation: “No Gut, No Glory”



The motto quoted in the title belongs to Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, an Amsterdam-based organization committed to supporting young, professional period-instrument string players after they’ve begun to establish themselves. While it isn’t unusual to find such private patronage in the modern-instrument world, the foundation’s goal it utterly novel (and maybe unique).

Here’s some background information taken from the foundation’s website with images of successful musicians currently receiving support.

Jumpstart Jr. was founded in 2006. This Dutch foundation is the custodian of a unique collection of string instruments crafted by old masters, all selected by leading baroque players. Young talents present themselves to an international jury in order to receive a gutstring violin or cello on loan. Our talents are challenged to bring alive the full quality of the instrument as well as their music. Jumpstart Jr. are proud to support all of our talented young musicians.

To support young musicians with outstanding talent by offering high quality instruments, coaching and a network.

We support young, gifted and ambitious musicians worldwide, who play gut-stringed violins or cellos and who dedicate themselves fully to the historical performance of Baroque, Classical and early Romantic music.

Jumpstart Jr. aims to identify the best among young Baroque players who have already completed a musical education and are recognised to become leading performers. Each year Jumpstart Jr. asks internationally recognised musicians, festival directors and conductors for their confidential recommendations as to which young musicians they believe should benefit from our support. Jumpstart Jr. yearly nominates around 10 artists to take part in an audition.

The audition selects musicians for a long-term loan of a high-quality baroque instrument…An international renowned jury decides which musicians will qualify for an instrument.

Jumpstart Jr. invites stringplayers in their early twenties to early thirties who:
• are musically talented
• have made some headway with their careers
• have the potential to become one of the top talents worldwide
• have a role as soloist, concertmaster or the ability to set up their own ensemble
• know how to ‘sell’ their own talent
• have a vision on how to develop their career

Learn more: Jumpstart Jr. Foundation

(From top: Bojan Čičić, Catherine Jones, Sophie Gent, Huw Daniel, and Dmitry Sinkovsky; photos: Tim Mintiens / Jumpstart Jr. Foundation)

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