On the evening of May 23 in the sold-out concert hall of the newly renovated Dresden Kulturpalast, the celebrated British cellist Steven Isserlis accepted the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward. Glashütte Original CEO Thomas Meier was on hand to present the Award to the exceptional musician in the presence of Festival Director Jan Vogler, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and some 1,800 guests. Now in its 14th year, the 25,000Euro Award funded by watchmaker Glashütte Original is presented annually together with the Dresden Music Festival.
The evening’s concert saw Isserlis in brilliant form as he performed work from the Russian “Revolution Programme” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski. The enthusiastic audience was also treated to Mikhail Glinka’s Overture “Recollection of a Summer Night in Madrid”, Sergei Prokofiev’s Cello Concert in E Minor op. 58 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 in A Major op. 141.
Steven Isserlis enjoys worldwide renown, and not solely for his expressive performances as a concert soloist. The Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward honours him in particular for his exceptionally creative activities as a teacher of music. Traditionally the Award is conferred upon international artists who distinguish themselves in equal measure by their musical capabilities and their commitment to younger musicians. Not only does Isserlis routinely compose music for children and play regularly with very young friends of music – he is also a teacher, as passionate as he is famous, of diverse master classes.
The trophy had been fashioned by two apprentice watchmakers from Glashütte Original’s “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking. “ © Glashütte Origina
Among Isserlis’s predecessors as recipients of this Award are such prominent artists as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, fado singer Mariza and the conductor Andris Nelsons. Since 2004 Glashütte Original has been a supporting partner of the prestigious Festival, dedicated this year to the theme of “light”. The diversified programme of the 40th Dresden Music Festival will continue to present exceptional artists in multifaceted venues through the 18th of June.