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Laureates & Beneficiaries


"Because of The Apogee Foundation, I have grown both as a musician and as a person to reach for a greater potential than I had imagined before."

Simion Gronic, Apogee's first Merit Scholar from Moldova

Apogee has had beneficiaries of its support in both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, on three continents, and ranging in age from under 10 to over 80 years of age.

We are extremely proud of our record of achievement in being able to identify and recognize superlatively talented performing artists from the earliest years of their careers: students, artists and instructors at all stages on the path to achieving the potential of human excellence in the performing arts.

Apogee is unique not only in its ability to identify world class performing artists at all levels, but also in the extent and depth of support and the Apogee Services that it provides to its beneficiaries over the course of their careers, enabling them to change the history of the performing arts world.

Information about the Foundation's award laureates can be found via the below links.

Scholarship Laureates

Artistry Laureates

Mastership Laureates

Institutional Beneficiaries

The Foundation also is in the process of rolling out its career website project to promote the interests of its most elite award laureates. A prototypes of these websites can be viewed by clicking the below links:

Scholar Prototype Website


"Through Apogee’s extensive talent scouting network, Vadim Muntagirov, a nine-year old would-be dancer from the town of Chelyabisnk, Siberia, was identified as a student of extraordinary promise. Upon evaluating his abilities, the Foundation awarded Vadim an Apogee Merit Scholarship every year of his studies at the Perm State Ballet School from 2000 through 2005. After being named an Apogee World Scholar for the 2005-2006 academic year, Vadim took top honors at the Prix de Lausanne in Geneva, as well as at the Kazan International Ballet Competition and the Perm International Ballet Competition. This sweep of prizes over the course of just four months culminated at the St. Petersburg International Ballet Competition: though at barely 16 years of age he was the youngest participant and though he was competing against seasoned professionals from around the world, he was there awarded both the Grand Prize and the title “Hope of Russia” by the competition jury chaired by Natalya Makarova. Under the terms of Vadim’s Apogee World Scholarship, he then was able to continue pursuing his dream of becoming one of the world’s most outstanding dance professionals by enrolling as a full time student at the Royal Ballet School in London – for whom he is now featured in performances around the globe.


Window on the Apogee World
Dmitrij Smirnov is shown in a live performance at the 2006 Crescendo Music Festival in St. Petersburg, which was co-managed by the Foundation. Smirnov was selected at the Festival to receive an Apogee Merit Scholarship to support his continued training and development, and the Foundation subsequently named him an Apogee World Scholar.
Within four months of Apogee identifying and assisting Smirnov, he was awarded the grand prizes at the most prestigious competitions for young violinists in Russia and Europe, and recognized as the world's top young violinist.

For more information, see the news releases issued by the Foundation:
13 September 2006 and 18 April 2006

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