Created in 2011, the Lionel Bryer Memorial Fund Award, is designed to support a young musician who has demonstrated huge musical talent and potential, but whose development and career would benefit greatly from financial assistance.




Lionel Bryer was a highly successful London dental surgeon who, inspired by a love of music and the desire to foster good relations with other countries by educating young people in their cultures, co-founded the International Youth Foundation along with his wife, Joy. Through it they also co-founded what is now the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the European Community Youth Orchestra (now the European Union Youth Orchestra). Originally from South Africa, Lionel was a talented violinist and sportsman, as well as a Rhodes Scholar.


The award is presented annually.


The first ever award went to Adriana Dyakova, our 23-year-old Bulgarian flautist. Adriana first joined the EUYO in 2010.


In 2012, the award went to Romain Lapeyre, our 24-year-old French cellist. Romain joined the EUYO in 2008 and became our principal cellist in the summer of 2010.


At the end of the 2013 summer tour, the award was presented to 24-year-old Estonian percussionist Lauri Ahone and 23-year-old French clarinetist Benjamin Christ.