Walter W. Naumburg Foundation
The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation sponsors competitions and provides awards for young classical musicians in North America. It was founded in 1925 by Walter Wehle Naumburg, a wealthy amateur cellist and son of noted New York music patron and philanthropist Elkan Naumburg. Elkan Naumburg, owner of the eminent Wall Street bank E. Naumburg & Co. founded the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in 1905. The Concerts, originally performed at the Bandstand on the Concert Ground of New York's Central Park, have since 1923 been performed in the Naumburg Bandshell at the same location.
The Naumburg competitions were originally for solo piano (Naumburg International Piano Competition), voice, violin and cello. Awards for composer commissions and recordings were added in 1948. An annual chamber music ensemble competition began in 1972. Competitions for conductors and for viola, flute and clarinet have also been added.
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