The YDP (Young Directors Project) has been an asset to the Salzburg Festival programme since 2002. This successful competition, which each year showcases four young directors and their ensembles, is generously supported by Montblanc International and has become an indispensable part of the summer festival.
Through its sponsorship, Montblanc supports and facilitates new productions and invitations for existing works to visit Salzburg. Montblanc also donates the prize of EUR 10,000 for the best directing talent. This amount allows young artists to successfully continue their work. As a symbol of this honorary award, the winner of the YDP also receives a Mozart fountain pen, designed specially and exclusively by Montblanc for this project. Winners can keep the pen as a happy reminder of their success at the YDP. In addition to its official sponsorship role, Montblanc also provides spontaneous assistance with a wide range of project-related tasks, such as producing the YDP programme magazine “Close Up”.