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. The nominees for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs 2020 will be anounced soon. 

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

The 2019 nominees were 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).

Emmy Storms has won the 2019 GrachtenfestivalPrijs. Automaticcaly, this means Emmy will be the Artist in Residence 2020. 

The winner was announced on Friday evening, August 16, during The evening of the GrachtenfestivalPrijs. Besides this, the nominees have performed at the Meesterlijk program during the Grachtenfestival. This performance contained 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 kickstart for their young career. Performing during the Meesterlijk program is already a prize on its own.