Annual Music Competition
Our organisation has partnered with the National Gas Company to award a top prize of $30,000 annually to the winner of our Music Competition, which is open to tertiary level students. For full rules and more information on this competition, click HERE
Songs of the Islands
Newly commissioned by our foundation, and debuted at the T&T Opera Festival 2016, this Caribbean songbook boasts a wide range of songs, from arrangments of traditional regional folksongs and spirituals to newly composed songs based on Caribbean poetry. For more information on 'Songs of the Islands' , click HERE
Listing of Trinidad & Tobago Music Teachers - If you are a music teacher and wish to be added, please send us an email. To see the full list, please click HERE
An integral part of advanced musical study, we are happy to offer masterclasses with visiting professionals to all finalists of our annual music competition, which are always free and open to the public.
About the Picoplat Music Development Foundation
Incorporated in 2005 as the Classical Music Development Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago, our organisation was founded as a means of fund raising for music students to fund their tertiary level studies. Over the years we have hosted world class musicians such as 11 time Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera, Guiness World Record winner violinist Oliver Lewis, as well as many international professionals alongside renowned Trinidadian performers such as steelpannist Liam Teague and heldentenor Ronald Samm.
In 2011 we launched our Young Artist Collective to bring fully staged, costumed and unamplified operatic theatre back to the local stage, as well as launching our Annual Music Competition and in 2015 these initiatives grew into the T&T Opera Festival.
In 2016 we rebranded to the more inclusive and distinctive Picoplat Music Development Foundation, a nod to the locally renowned songbird prized for its virtuosic singing voice. We look forward to future growth as an avenue for talented local musicians to develop to advanced international standards, while broadening the horizons of Trinidad's theatre going public.