Every year, the GrachtenfestivalPrijs is awarded to a young musician who excels in his or her field through exceptional musical talent. The winner of the prize wins the title of Artist in Residence. Within the residence, the winner of the GrachtenfestivalPrijs will receive a carte blanche to realize his or her musical dreams during the subsequent Grachtenfestival edition.

Altvioliste Dana Zemtsov, percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwers en violiste Emmy Storms. Foto's: Studio Unfolded, Jonas Sacks en Marco Borggreve.

This year's nominees are violinist Emmy Storms (1988, NL), percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwers (1992, NL) and viola player Dana Zemtsov (1992, MX). In the run-up to the announcement of this years winner, they will be followed for six months by a jury consisting of renowned music journalists including Frederike Berntsen (Trouw), Joep Stapel (NRC Handelsblad) and Louis Gauthier (Telegraaf).

The winner will be announced on Friday evening, August 16, during The evening of the GrachtenfestivalPrijs. Besides this, the nominees will perform at the Meesterlijk program during the Grachtenfestival. This performance contains a concert in collaboration with renowned musicians, which traditionally takes place in the Winter Garden of the Krasnapolsky. The nomination for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs underlines the musical development of the nominees and is a valuable indication for their young career. Playing during the Meesterlijk program is already a prize in itself.