The Wigmore Medal, inaugurated in 2007, honours international artists and figures from the world of classical music who have made a significant contribution to the life and work of Wigmore Hall.
On Friday 14 October, the medal was presented to Menahem Pressler, a pianist of legendary renown who, over the course of a career spanning six decades, has established himself among the world's most distinguished musicians. A founder member of the great Beaux Arts Trio, with whom he made his Wigmore debut in 1961, Pressler is celebrated both as a remarkable chamber musician and an outstanding soloist. His overwhelming knowledge of piano and chamber music repertoire has also gained him an international reputation as an extraordinary teacher. Praising Pressler as one of the most revered musicians of his generation, John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said “he embodies the rapport between performer and audience that makes Wigmore Hall so special. It is the commitment of artists such as he that has helped create extraordinary musical experiences for our audiences here and internationally.”
More than fifty years after he first stepped onto the Wigmore stage, Menahem Pressler will join the likes of Matthias Goerner (2007), András Schiff (2009), Felicity Lott (2010) and Thomas Quasthoff to be awarded the prestigious Wigmore Medal. Following his evening concert with the Pacifica Quartet, Pressler was presented with the medal, specially designed and made by British artists and medallist Irene Gunston. The medal is awarded at the discretion of the Director of Wigmore Hall.