Hilary Hahn receives 50k Karajan award

Hilary Hahn receives 50k Karajan award


norman lebrecht

November 02, 2021

The American violinist was honoured in Salzburg this weekend with a 50,000 Euros award presented by Easter Festival director Nikolaus Bachler and Arabel von Karajan.

The Herbert von Karajan Prize was endowed by his widow Eliette von Karajan ‘for outstanding artistic achievement’ on the 50th anniversary of the Salzburg Easter Festival, an event that was cancelled this year due to Covid.

A pair of concerts was presented instead this weekend.




  • MICHAEL says:

    Oh dear, not quite right.
    The 50th anniversary of the Salzburg was , as one might expect, celebrated on its 50th anniversary which was in 2017.
    Hilary Hahn would have played in the 2021 Easter Festival which was indeed cancelled due to COVID so instead a mini-festival consisting of four concerts took place last weekend. Three were conducted by Thielemann and one by Gatti ( the concert in which Hilary Hahn participated and after which she received her award ) and all were wonderful.

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    I trust she’ll give the money to a good cause.

  • Mystic Chord says:

    Thankfully it isn’t just a 50k handout – the money “must be used by the recipient to help further the careers of young musicians.”

  • Monty Earleman says:

    Less than she makes for one concert-