“Music is really a transaction between you and another person – without the transaction, there’s nothing there.”

Rolex gives emerging artists time to learn, create and grow

The gift of time

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a period of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Since 2002, Rolex has paired more than 50 mentors and protégés in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and architecture.

Mentors and protégés are asked to spend a minimum of six weeks together, though many spend considerably more time. They agree on where and how they want to interact. This may mean a protégé is granted access to a master at work, or to a mentor and protégé actually collaborating on a work.

Some of the world’s greatest artists have accepted to mentor a protégé for a year

the tradition of mentoring

Engaging with a mentor as a way to learn and achieve full potential as an artist is an ancient and respected practice. The formalized process appears in the works of the great thinkers of the golden age of the Greeks.

In more recent history, famous mentoring pairs include German composer and conductor Christian Gottlieb Neefe who was a role model for the boy prodigy Ludwig van Beethoven and French impressionist painter Camille Pissarro who devoted his life to nurturing young painters such as Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat and Paul Cézanne.

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