Four music bosses collect a Swiss francs bonus

Four music bosses collect a Swiss francs bonus


norman lebrecht

June 08, 2016

A New York-based magnate has decided to give 25,000 Swiss francs each to four chaps who run music ventures.

Just like that.

The Vendome Prize has decided to honour four music administrators with the Vendome Awards of SFr25,000 each. The awards have been given to Raymond Trenkler (Founder and Director of the Kronberg Academy), Michael Haefliger (Artistic and Executive Director of the Lucerne Festival), John Gilhooly (Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall, London) and Martin Engstroem (Founder and Executive Director of the Verbier Festival). 

The Prize is paid out by Alexis Gregory, Russian-American owner of The Vendome Press arthouse.

Why the prize? we asked. Because he wants to.


Wigmore Hall



  • David Osborne says:

    As my maternal grandmother would have said, ‘Words fail me’.

  • Ronnie Trulove says:

    A grand case of ‘to them who hath shall be given’ then. Priorities?

  • Cyril Blair says:

    And nothing for Eschenbach? An outrage.

    (Sorry but we have to have an Eschenbach joke for each one of these threads…)