This doesn’t happen often, so enjoy it while you can.
The Faz critic Eleonore Büning has been announced as winner of the Heidelberg Festival Prize. The judges cited her ‘substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik’ (substantial and sustainable service to the promotion of classical music).
Büning, 62, is also chair of the German record prize committee(Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik).
The prize money of 1o,000 Euros will barely buy a pair of Jimmy Choos for the award ceremony. But with serious music criticism being ever more marginalised in shrinking print media it is good to see that, somewhere, its value is recognised.