Founded in 1997 by Michael Loubser

Philip Loubser Foundation

Each project is designed to:

  • Contribute to the prestige of our Institution partner.
  • Celebrate the achievement of a great Artist.
  • Give an exceptional talent the opportunity to further their career.


Creating unique projects in the performing arts of Ballet, Opera, Music and Theatre.

The Philip Loubser Foundation was founded in The Netherlands in 1997 by Michael Loubser.   Named in honour of his father who died in 1984.

The objective of the Foundation is to create Fellowships for Ballet, Opera, Music and Theatre.

In partnership with major Cultural Institutions, the Foundation participates in the career development of exceptional talent from across the arts spectrum.  Its Fellowships are unique and prestigious, each commemorating a great artist, and each awarded by the Partnership Institutions. Recipients range from young emerging talents to mature established artists.

The scope of the Foundation is international.  Fellows are from Mexico, Hungary, USA, UK, Ukraine, South Korea, China, Russia, Norway, India, Serbia, Italy, Germany and Ireland.

Each summer this family of past and incumbent Fellows meet at a Gathering where creative ideas are discussed, and experiences shared.   Previous guest speakers include Ivo van Hove, Edward Gardner and Janis Susskind.  The PLF Gathering is a highlight of the calendar. A cross-disciplinary powerhouse.

The PLF has also launched a Signature Fund. A fund to provide financial support to Fellows who wish to embark on an approved career-enhancing project.

RBS Nadia Nerina Scholarship


ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellowship


RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellowship

SOLO Piano

ITA International Ibsen Fellowship


The Ibsen Artist in Residence


Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship 


PLF Signature Fund

A fund for the PLF Fellows to create bespoke projects beyond their tenure as Fellow

Philip Loubser Foundation Gathering

Each summer the PLF Fellows past and present meet at a Gathering where we exchange creative ideas on topics led by one of the Fellows with guest speakers including Ivo van Hove, Edward Gardner and Janis Susskind.  The Gathering has become a highlight of the calendar where the PLF family meet as a cross-disciplinary powerhouse.