Last year, the 50,000 Euro prize was awarded by the Baden-Baden Festpielhaus, amid expressions of mutual esteem, to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Ah wie schoen…
Before that, the prize went to Gruberova, Bartoli, Rilling, Barenboim, Quasthoff, Brendel… all the usual suspects.
This year, it’s a less familiar name.
The violinist and conductor, 50, has confined his career to Austria and Germany. He has been a fixture at Baden-Baden with his Balthasar-Neumann chorus and ensemble and is presently music director of the NDR symphony orchetra.
Good to see a new name on the winners’ board.