Philip Loubser Foundation



The PLF was established in the Netherlands by Michael Loubser in 1997. His objective is to create unique projects in the performing arts of Opera, Music, Dance and Theatre.  He named the Foundation in memory of his Father who died in 1984.

Working together with major Institutions the PLF has created awards to nurture and develop the best young talent that can be found anywhere in the world.

Each project carries the name and commemorates the achievement of a great artist associated with the Institution.



Projects are designed:

To contribute to the prestige of the Institution.

To celebrate the achievement of the great artist.

To give an exceptional emerging talent the opportunity to launch a professional career. 


The scope of these awards is worldwide. Recipients have come from India, China, Mexico, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, South Korea, Norway, Serbia, Italy, USA and UK.

Our projects

Current incumbents

RBS Nadia Nerina Scholarship

Current Incumbents:

Frieda Kaden

Amir Shah

ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellowship

Current Incumbent:

Olivia Clarke

RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellowship

Current Incumbent:

Arina Lazgiian

ITA International Ibsen Fellowship

Current Incumbent:

Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship

Current Incumbent:

Peter Tuite

The Ibsen Artist in Residence

Current Incumbent:

Robert Icke