A violinist in New York is suing Young Concert Artists (YCA), claming that its eligibility rules for musicians are age-discriminatory, reports the New York Post.

Martin Stoner, a 60-year-old former member of the New York City Ballet orchestra, wanted to enter YCA's audition competition, the winners of which receive at least three years' management and career support. He threatened to sue on grounds of age discrimination if the maximum age limit of 26 for candidates was not waived.

According to the New York Post report, Stoner was permitted to perform in preliminary auditions. But when he was not put through to the semi-finals, he again cited his age, and filed a federal lawsuit against YCA.