The Silvestri Music Scholarship offers to an outstanding young musician, resident in Romania and of Romanian nationality, the opportunity to spend one academic year at the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Silvestri scholarship was founded in 1998 by David Gray, Principal of the schools, and pianist Anda Anastasescu, President of the Constantin Silvestri International Foundation. "By welcoming a musical talent from another culture into their community the schools' cultural horizons will broaden", says David Gray. "It is also a small way in which we can contribute to the development of young people who have the future task of shaping democracy and prosperity in their own country."
The scholarship provides a unique opportunity not only to develop and broaden musical training, but also to improve English language skills and to develop an understanding of another European academic and musical culture. The financial terms are fully inclusive, and cover tuition fees, accommodation, flights to and from Romania, and normal expenditure on musical materials. Many former Silvestri Scholars have gone on to study at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire or at other British Conservatoires, and are pursuing musical careers in the UK and beyond.