Mentors and protégés in Music

Through the years

Kaija  Saariaho & Vasco  Mendonça

2014-2015

Kaija Saariaho & Vasco Mendonça

Composer Kaija Saariaho will help Portugal’s Vasco Mendonça to develop his musical personality, technique and understanding, giving him the right ingredients to advance his artistic expression.

Gilberto Gil & Dina El Wedidi

2012-2013

Gilberto Gil & Dina El Wedidi

Driven by the same passion for music and a history of creating songs with political overtones, Gilberto Gil and Dina El Wedidi have forged a close relationship. The Brazilian icon has been assisting the young Egyptian achieve her dream of an international career.

Brian Eno & Ben Frost

2010-2011

Brian Eno & Ben Frost

The mentor and protégé are both artists whose curiosity lead them beyond music composition, with a shared determination to create the art of the future.

Youssou N'Dour & Aurelio Martínez

2008-2009

Youssou N'Dour & Aurelio Martínez

Both artists were intrigued by the discovery of a totally new world of music and a deep commitment to a variety of causes. Both were rewarded by the other’s talent and passion.

Pinchas Zukerman & David Aaron Carpenter

2006-2007

Pinchas Zukerman & David Aaron Carpenter

"There are degrees of talent, but when you have a David Carpenter, that's unique... He has this wonderful sound," said Zukerman of his young protégé.

Jessye Norman & Susan Platts

2004-2005

Jessye Norman & Susan Platts

Susan Platts and Jessye Norman started out with points in common. By the end, they also had developed a strong friendship that continues well beyond the mentoring year.

Sir Colin Davis & Josep Caballé-Domenech

2002-2003

Sir Colin Davis & Josep Caballé-Domenech

Beyond his desire to succeed, it was Caballé-Domenech’s passion for music that caught Sir Colin’s eye. “He’s pretty wild. One should be wild when one is young.”