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Dresden Music Festival

Under the leadership of director Jan Vogler the Dresden Music Festival has developed into a permanent fixture of the cultural scene in Dresden. The partnership between Glashütte Original and this multifaceted music festival dates back to 2004; every year from May to June the Festival enchants the Saxon state capital.

The Manufactory’s engagement sends a clear signal and demonstrates its close ties to the beautiful city known as „Florence on the Elbe“.

Every year since the partnership began, the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award is presented during the Dresden Music Festival.

The award honours the life’s work of an artist dedicated to the musical arts who has continued and furthered his or her commitment to music over the course of several decades.

Previous prize-winners include the director Kurt Masur, choreographer John Neumeier, opera director Joachim Herz, violinist Gidon Kremer and the mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig.

The presentation of the prize in 2009 to Gustavo Dudamel marked a new direction for the award.

With the Venezuelan director Dudamel the award was presented for the first time to an artist who had dedicated a great deal of his time, in particular, to helping emerging artists.

This holds true for theatrical director Valery Gergiev as well, the general director of the renowned Mariinsky Theater who was awarded the prize in 2010. 

The director Sir Simon Rattle was named winner of the well known prize in 2011. 

In 2012 the exceptional French pianist Hélène Grimaud was awarded the 25,000 Euro prize. 

Just as the award’s founders intended, the prize money goes to help young artists develop and to support long-term projects.

The construction of the filigreed Glashütte Original Music Festival Award is undertaken each year by two apprentice watchmakers, students at the firm’s own school of watchmaking; the students themselves participate in the presentation of the award at the official award ceremony.

During the 2013 edition of the festival, the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award will celebrate its 10th anniversary. One can look forward with great anticipation to learn who the prizewinner will be this year. 

On 2nd June, the name of the 2013 award winner had been announced: Thomas Quasthoff.

The violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn is the winner of the 11th Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward

Glashütte Original Managing Director Yann Gamard and the Director of the Dresden Music Festival, Jan Vogler, presented the award to this exceptional artist during a concert in the Semperoper on June 4, 2014 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, where Hilary Hahn could be heard as the soloist in the violin concerto by Johannes Brahms.

For the 12th year in a row the German watchmaker Glashütte Original, and the Dresden Music Festival have named a prominent artist to receive the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward. The fortunate winner of the 25,000 Euro prize this year is the fado singer Mariza. The Award Ceremony will take place June 7, 2015 in the Albertinum art museum in Dresden.

To take musical traditions into the future by means of touching interpretations, making them accessible to listeners of any age – that is the declared goal of the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons. He wishes to prove to the audience that works by Mahler, Brahms, Schostakowitsch, Wagner and Bruckner are not merely relics of the past, but part of our world today. In recognition of his efforts to promote and disseminate classical music and music education, Andris Nelsons will receive the 2016 Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward during the Dresden Music Festival...

...The prize will be presented to him on May 6, 2016, when Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Dresden’s Frauenkirche.

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