- €25,000 cash value will be donated to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, London Music Masters and Rhapsody in School
Steven Isserlis has been presented with the 14th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award during his guest appearance, performing Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto Op 58 with the London Philharmonic Orechestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, at the Dresden Music Festival. The award honours achievements in classical music education and support for young artists. Its €25,000 cash value will be donated to three musical causes chosen by Isserlis - the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove (of which he is Artistic Director), London Music Masters and a German musical charity, Rhapsody in School.
The award was presented by Thomas Meier, Managing Director of Glashütte Original, and Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival, after Isserlis’ concert at Dresden’s Kulturpalast.
Steven Isserlis said: “I am very happy to receive the 2017 Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward. It is a great honour, and a particular pleasure to receive this prize from Glashütte Original and from a valued (and generous!) cello-colleague, Jan Vogler. Music education has always been very close to my heart. I have been lucky enough to work with many great teachers, including my childhood teacher, Jane Cowan, and the Hungarian dynamo Sándor Végh – as well as, in more recent times, two other great Hungarians, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. I feel that it is my duty to pass along to the younger generation of players the values I imbibed from those inspired musicians. Bringing music to children is another preoccupation in my career. The life of any child, from whatever background, can be transformed by music. As well as providing personal fulfillment, music can be of immense help in social terms within difficult circumstances; we have seen tangible results of that in the forms of youth ensembles around the world, such as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, Buskaid in South Africa, and many others. Musical friendships are made that last for life; playing in groups with others teaches the importance of mutual respect, and of listening to others; sharing a musical goal can be as strong a bond as any in childhood. And children, as well as adults, turn to music in times of loneliness or sadness; music will never let them down. I think it’s true to say that a singing child is generally a happy child; the more we can bring great music into the lives of children everywhere, the better those lives will be.”
In addition to performing with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors as a celebrated concert soloist, Steven Isserlis devotes time to composing and performing for children. As an author, he has published two children’s books, Why Beethoven Threw The Stew and Why Handel Waggled His Wig; and most recently a handbook for young musicians, Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians: Revisited by Steven Isserlis, which typifies the cellist’s drive for inspiring and supporting aspiring musicians.
As in past years, the Glashütte Original trophy is designed and made by two students of the factory’s own Watchmaking School, Alfred Helwig. The prize sculpture combines traditional watch-making craft with modern materials.