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.