Simon Rattle Accepts Germany's Comenius Prize for Bringing Music to Youth
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
The British conductor of the renowned Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, on Sunday [12 December] accepted Germany's Comenius Prize for inspiring interest in music among young people.
The award, which carries prize money of 25,000 euros ($33,000), has been presented since 1991.
The jury cited Rattle's educational programs with the Berlin Philharmonic since taking up the post in 2002, highlighted in the recent documentary film Rhythm Is It!.
Rattle said he would give the prize money to two men in Venezuela, JosÈ Antonio Abero and Wilfried Merle, who had developed musical and social welfare projects in the country over the last decades including founding more than 170 youth orchestras.
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