Fado singer Mariza wins Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward
Portuguese artist to receive prestigious award
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.
The prize winner
Commenting on the award, Dresden Music Festival Director Jan Vogler said, "Mariza is the leading fado singer of our time. As an artist she presents this rich tradition to an international audience of all ages. In 2011 the fado tradition was added to UNESCO’s list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. Mariza receives the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward for her contributions as an ambassador throughout Europe of the fado tradition.” In recognition of her artistry Mariza was earlier named to the chivalric order „Ordem do Infante Dom Enrique“, one the most important cultural honours in Portugal; she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassdor and was awarded the title „Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres“ by the French government. Renowned director Carlos Saura presented her in his film “Fados”, and she is featured in the BBC documentary „Mariza and the History of Fado“.
The Award will be presented to Mariza on the occasion of her June 7, 2015 concert, the final concert at this year’s Dresden Music Festival, in the Albertinum art museum.
The Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward:
Since 2004 the Award, funded by Glashütte Original, has been presented jointly by the Dresden Music Festival and the Saxon watch manufactory. Initially the distinction honoured the exceptional life’s work of artists who had dedicated themselves to the musical arts and developed their work over the course of several decades. Among the early prize winners were the director Kurt Masur, choreographer John Neumeier, opera director Joachim Herz, violinist Geiger Gidon Kremer and the mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig.
In 2009, with the appointment of Jan Vogler as director of the Dresden Music Festival, the Award was re-conceived, and with the selection of the conductor Gustavo Dudamel was given for the first time to an artist who had dedicated considerable time and energy to the support of emerging young artists.
This was the case as well with the prize winners in the years to follow: Valery Gergiev, Director and General Director of the renowned Mariinsky Theatre; Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Thomas Quasthoff, and the violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn. In keeping with the concept and intent of the Award, each of the artists has directed that the prize money go to a project in support of developing young artists.
As in previous years, the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward trophy was built by two apprentice watchmakers at the “Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking” in Glashütte. Every year the school, owned by Glashütte Original and now in its 13th year, trains watchmakers and toolmakers.
The form of the award trophy unites traditional watchmaking craftsmanship with modern materials. The Flying Tourbillon with its eighteen weighted screws symbolizes the virtuosity of watchmakers. The complication represents exceptional achievement in the art of watchmaking and was developed in Glashütte around 1920 by the master watchmaker Alfred Helwig.