György Kurtág and András Schiff to be awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The influential composer, György Kurtág, and the distinguished pianist
András Schiff, are to be awarded one of music’s most esteemed honours, the
Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal. The medals will be presented in London in December, the culmination of a year of transatlantic concerts, talks,
exhibitions and events celebrating the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic
Society throughout 2013.
The Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s
highest honour, was created to commemorate the centenary of Beethoven’s
birth in 1870 and celebrates the close relationship between the Society and the
composer (the RPS commissioned Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and
championed his work). György Kurtág and András Schiff join an illustrious
list of current RPS Gold Medallists: Sir Simon Rattle, Dame Janet Baker,
Daniel Barenboim, Dame Mitsuko Uchida, Thomas Quasthoff, Sir Bernard
Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alfred Brendel, Placido Domingo, Pierre
Boulez and Claudio Abbado.
Presentation: Sunday 1 December at 3pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
New music has been at the forefront of the Society’s work since its inception;
Hungarian composer György Kurtág (b. 1926) follows composing greats such
as Brahms, Britten, Sibelius, Walton, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Richard
Strauss, Stravinsky, Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Lutoslawski, Ligeti,
Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux and Elliott Carter in becoming a Gold Medallist.
He will be presented with the medal at a concert on London’s South Bank on
Sunday 1 December, in which he will appear as a duettist alongside his pianist
wife, Márta in a programme that includes excerpts from Kurtág’s humorous,
quirky piano miniatures, Játétok.
Presentation: Saturday 21 December at 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall, London
The RPS Gold Medal will be presented to András Schiff on his 60th birthday,
following a recital of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Diabelli
Variations at Wigmore Hall on Saturday 21 December, the culmination of
Schiff’s all-Bach recital series at the hall during November and December.
András Schiff was a former pupil of György Kurtág and joins a distinguished
list of outstanding pianist recipients of the RPS Gold Medal including Artur
Rubinstein, Clifford Curzon, Sviatoslav Richter, Vladimir Horowitz,
Claudio Arau and current Gold medallists Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel
and Mitsuko Uchida.
Full details of the Royal Philharmonic Society and its work can
be found at rps200.org.