The Solti Foundation U.S. was established after the 1997 death of Sir Georg Solti. Its mission is to assist talented young American musicians at the start of their professional careers. It has made annual grants to awardees since 2003. Since 2004 it has focused on helping exceptional young conductors.
Sir Georg’s widow, Lady Solti, has explained it in these words: “Sir Georg Solti believed in a guardian angel that guided his life and he was grateful to the agents of that angel – the people who helped him at difficult times. The Solti Foundation believes that music is essential – especially during these troubled times – to healing and connecting individuals and global lives. Therefore, we are committed to realizing Sir Georg’s passion for excellence in music and extending help to further the early careers of those with exceptional talent.”