The Keyboard Charitable Trust


The Trust helps young keyboard players with the transition from formal studies to a fully professional life.

Young keyboard players wishing to apply should have a comprehensive repertoire of sufficient breadth, depth and imagination to be able to responsibly embrace international professional career opportunities. They should not normally be First Prizewinners of the major International Piano Competitions who have already been awarded multiple international performances.

We welcome applications from pianists, organists, harpsichordists, fortepianists and players of any other acoustic keyboard instruments.

How to Apply


Due to a long waiting list for auditions, applications to the Keyboard Trust are currently closed. We will re-open applications when additional audition slots are available.

Any applications submitted during this period will be kept on file and considered when applications re-open.

Please check back here for updates to the application process.

Email applications to and include:

  • links to recorded performances offering a varied programme ranging from classical to more modern works,
  • a CV (stating date of birth),
  • a full list of current repertoire,
  • a covering letter explaining how applicants see their future career development and what they consider to be the impediments which the Trust might help to overcome.

If the Trustees feel able in principle to respond to the request, the next step would be to hear the artist in performance, preferably at a public concert or recital. Please include information about such events in your covering letter. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on an individual basis.

Please be advised that we currently have a long waiting list for auditions. Since the Keyboard Trust is only able to support musicians up to the age of 30, priority for auditions may be given to younger applicants.