Kaija picks one of three composers to mentor for a year

One of the following will get to hang out with Kaija Saariaho for the next 12 months. Final decision pending. The mentoring scheme is paid for by an expensive watchmaker and covers all major art forms. Press blurb follows.


  • Felipe Lara, 34, Brazil/United States
  • Vasco Mendonça, 36, Portugal
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir, 36, Iceland



Geneva, Switzerland, 17 February 2014 – Following a worldwide search, Rolex today announced the 25 finalists being considered for a year of creative exchange in architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. One young artist in each discipline will be selected as a protégé for 12 months of one-to-one collaboration with leading artists Olafur Eliasson, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Ondaatje, Alexei Ratmansky, Kaija Saariaho, Jennifer Tipton and Peter Zumthor.


The finalists, who range from 22 to 38 years of age, were selected from 154 nominees. They come from 21 countries, with all regions of the world represented: Asia (four finalists), Europe (six), North America (three), South America (five), Africa (five) and Middle East (two).

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