Joyce DiDonato is one of the great opera-singers of our times. Through her programmes, the internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano likes to convey comprehensive messages of peace and humanism. Off stage, she has been a champion of social projects for many years. For her contributions to music education, Joyce DiDonato will receive the 2018 »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«.
The award will be presented to the artist on May 28, 2018 as part of her concert »In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music« at Dresden’s Kulturpalast.
»Joyce DiDonato is an artist who does not differentiate between life and art. She devotes the same enthusiasm and the same standard of perfection to social activism as she does to the preparation of her opera roles and concerts. As a colleague, I admire Joyce; on behalf of the Music Festival and our sponsor Glashütte Original, I am delighted at this fantastic prize-winner,« says Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival.
Bearing a prize money of 25,000 Euros, the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« will be donated by the watch manufactory Glashütte Original for the 15th time in 2018 and presented in cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival. As in past years, the award is manufactured by two students at the company’s own »Alfred Helwig« School of Watchmaking. Previous prize winners include such artists as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, the fado singer Mariza, Andris Nelsons and the cellist Steven Isserlis.
The »Cellomania«, a summit meeting of the world’s leading cellists, will take place as a festival within the 2018 festival. The high-carat musical introduction to the cello focus is a special concert onjanuary 31, 2018 with the celebrated American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
The exceptional musician has 18 »Grammy« Awards and almost 100 CD recordings to his name and is always on the lookout for new resounding perspectives. His numerous projects always highlight music as a form of communication and a link between cultures and people. In his Dresden Music Festival debut, Yo-Yo Ma performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for Cello Solo BWV 1007-1012 – doubtlessly one of the pinnacles of cello literature.
CELLOMANIA Special Concert: Violoncello Recital Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma, VioloncelloJohann Sebastian Bach: Suites for Violoncello Solo BWV 1007-1012January 31, 2018, 7.30 PM, Frauenkirche
In the 2017 season the British cellist Steven Isserlis was presented the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward for his committment to the education of classical music. The Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward honors achievements in classical music education and support for young artists. In 2017 it was donated by the watch-manufacturing company Glashütte Original and awarded jointly with the Dresden Music Festival for the 14th time. Please relive the greatest moments around the award and its ceremony in the film.