Russian cellist Natalia Gutman has been awarded a €10,000 music prize by the Association of German Concert Agents (AGCA). The 69-year-old will receive the award at a ceremony in Stuttgart on 13 September.

In its citation, the association praised Gutman for her contribution to musical life in Germany, particularly ‘through her engagement with contemporary composers and her promotion of musical talent via her teaching’. It also cited Gutman’s commitment to the Oleg Kagan Musikfest, founded by her late husband in the Bavarian town of Kreuth, where she has been artistic director for the past 22 years.

The AGCA music prize has been awarded annually since 2005. Previous winners have included the Swiss-based Asasello Quartet.