Music alumnus and generous benefactor, Byram Jeejeebhoy has provided Trinity Laban with an endowment to enable the conservatoire to expand its renowned masterclass programme.
A qualified barrister, Byram is director of several property development companies in India, the UK and Dubai.
However, to Trinity Laban he is also known as a violinist, since at the same time as he read for the Bar Byram also studied violin under the late Nicholas Roth. Throughout a busy career, Byram has maintained close contact with Trinity Laban and has made significant gifts, including valuable instruments, in support of the conservatoire and in recognition of his former teacher.
This most recent gift will fund the Byram Jeejeebhoy Masterclass for Violin at Trinity Laban, to take place later in the year; and also bolsters existing student prizes, the Byram Jeejeebhoy Prize for Violin and Piano and the Nick Roth Prize for String Ensemble playing.
Byram said; "My years as a student at TCM (as it was then) from age 17-24 years, were some of the most formative of my life, and I remember with such affection and pride my relationship with Nick Roth. I am delighted now, many decades later, to be closely associated with Trinity Laban, and thrilled to be able to support student training and achievement."
Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music, explained why masterclasses are an integral part of the teaching at Trinity Laban: "Our students get to perform in front of these famous and often legendary performers and be critiqued. This sort of access to these brilliant musicians is hugely valuable and can often constitute a milestone in a student's musical development."
Professor Anthony Bowne said: "Trinity Laban students highly value the awarding of prizes as a mark of distinction and achievement through their many years of training. The prizes awarded as a result of donations from Byram have given consistent support to students over many years, and have benefited over 60 young musicians so far."
Byram Jeejeebhoy is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. For his charitable works, he was made an honorary Knight of the Society of Knights of the Round Table in 1971 and was awarded the Vijay Rattna award for enrichment of human life in 1991.
Trinity Laban masterclasses are free and open to the public. They are generally held in Trinity Laban's Faculty of Music at the world famous Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
The prizes funded by Byram Jeejeebhoy have been awarded since 1994 to recognise excellent musicianship. Recent prizewinners include the following:
Byram Jeejeebhoy Prizes for Piano and Violin
2013 Aliza Vincente Aranda (Violin) and Chris Atkinson (Piano)
2012 Ian Gibbs, Christopher Atkinson
2011 Tadasuke Iijima (Violin), Naufal Mukumi (Piano)
2010 Valtie Nunn (Violin), Manuel Lopez Jorge (Piano)
2009 Mansoon Bow, Christina McMaster
Nick Roth Prize for String Ensemble playing
2013 Ani Karapetyan
2012 Simon Ballard
2011 Artem Kotov
2010 Jemima Clarke
2009 Valtie Nunn