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THE YOUNG CELLIST MOISÉS LEE WINS THE PAU CASALS GRANT 2010 The tests for the PAU CASALS GRANT 2010 took place on Saturday, 15th May. This year’s contest is marked by an innovation in the grants that the Pau Casals Foundation has been awarding since 1984. From now on a single grant endowed with the sum of 12,000 € will be awarded, making it one of the largest grants offered anywhere for cello studies.

The Grant jury, chaired by Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin, the widow of Pau Casals and Vice President of the Pau Casals Foundation; the cellists Lluís Claret, Xenia Jankovic and Julius Berger, and the pianist and director of the Andorra Music Institute, Josep M. Escribano, decided that the best candidate for the grant was the young cellist Moisès Lee. Born in Barcelona in 1989, Moisès Lee studied at Madrid’s Royal Music Conservatory and now studies at the Prague Academy for Performing Arts with Daniel Veis.

The President of the Jury, Mrs. Marta Casals, praised the high level of all the participants and their musical talent, encouraging them to continue their studies to become high-level cellists as was the Maestro Casals.

The purpose of the grant is to lend support to a prominent talent who submits his or her training project. Likewise, as a prior step towards its internationalization, this is the first year in which the grant has extended its territorial scope to the whole of Spain, Andorra and the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales, and to foreign students who have been resident in any of these territories for at least two years.

Of the approximately twenty aspirants who entered the grant contest, eight went on to the final tests, which were held at the Pau Casals Municipal Music School in El Vendrell.

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