winner announced for the 2024 alexis gregory vendome prize in partnership with mannes school of music

Robert Bily

NEW YORK, January 22, 2024 – Mannes School of Music at The New School’s College of Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that 26-year-old Robert Bily, of the Czech Republic, is the winner of the 2024 Alexis Gregory Vendome Prize In Partnership with the Mannes School of Music.

Bily will receive $30,000 and give several performances throughout the United States and Europe. His final round recital included works by Mozart, Albeniz, De Falla, Debussy and Dutilleux. 

Anthony Ratinov (USA) and Ido Zeev (Israel) each won $5,000 as finalists. 

Two Vendome Virtuoso awards of $2,000 each have been given to the highest ranked semi-finalists not admitted to the final round: Roman Fediurko (Ukraine) and Dmitry Yudin (Russia).

Please see bios and the full program here.

The 2024 jury members were: Gordon Back (Chairman), Giuseppe Albanese, Christopher Elton, Charlotte Lee, Cristian Lupeş and Vendome Artistic Director, Matei Varga.

“I am very honored to have won the Vendome Prize,” said Robert Bily. “This achievement is a testament to the dedication and passion I have for music. I look forward to continuing my musical journey and inspiring others through the power of music.”

"I am thrilled to have found one of our strongest winners ever in Robert Bily!” said Matei Varga, Vendome Artistic Director. “Ever since I first heard him a few years ago, I recognized an exceptionally mature and interesting young artist. I hope this will open new paths of success for him. I am deeply grateful to the Alexis Gregory Foundation and the Mannes School of Music for making this competition possible. Searching for - and recognizing - outstanding talent is a vital pursuit in our world today.”

"Congratulations to Robert Bily on his brilliant semi-final and final performances at the 2024 Vendome Prize,” said Richard Kessler, Dean of Mannes and Executive Dean of the College of Performing Arts. "Bily, the Vendome Grand Prize winner, is a wonderful musician who will no doubt have a fine career ahead of him. At the same time I want to recognize all of those who performed at this year’s Vendome Prize competition. The level of musicianship was extremely high and to a person, the pianists were all such fine young people, which speaks well to the future of classical music across the globe.”

Created by the late art historian and collector Alexis Gregory, the first Vendome Prize took place at the UNESCO Palace in Paris in November 2000. Over the next 23 years, Vendome established successful partnerships with the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon (2003 - 2009) and The Verbier Festival in Switzerland (2014 - 2019). The most recent competition (2022) took place in New York City at the Morgan Library & Museum. Now, the prize will be managed, hosted, and presented in partnership with Mannes School of Music.

The purpose of the Vendome Prize is to seek out, reward, support, and guide future professional artists who are technically perfect, magnetic, original, ambitious, in possession of a large repertoire and ready to undertake the challenges of a performing career. Throughout the years the prize has built an enviable reputation of discovering extraordinary talent and bringing it to the attention of the music world.

Vendome is a recommendation-based only competition. Each year its Advisory Board submits their recommendations of outstanding young pianists whom they believe to be at the highest level of excellence in this field. The current Advisory Board includes 45 names, among them President of the 2024 Board, Pavlina Dokovska, and Chairman of the Jury, Gordon Back.

The College of Performing Arts at The New School was formed in 2015 and draws together the Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances.

The 1,000 students at the College of Performing Arts are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more. 

The curriculum at the College of Performing Arts is dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers and Artist Entrepreneurs are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.

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