Cellist Sol Gabetta has been named the winner of the 2012 Würth
Prize. Worth €10,000, the award is given annually to musicians and
ensembles considered to be role models for encouraging young
people’s interest in classical music. It is organised by the German
branch of the Jeunesses Musicales international youth music
Gabetta, 31, will receive the award at a ceremony on 24 July, which will mark the opening of the annual Jeunesses Musicales international conference. Previous winners of the award have included viola player Tabea Zimmermann (1999), the Ensemble Resonanz string orchestra (2002) and the Artemis Quartet (2007).
Born in Argentina, Gabetta is now based in Switzerland, where she teaches at the Basel Music Academy. She has run the Solsberg chamber music festival since 2005. With her brother Andrés she founded the Cappella Gabetta chamber ensemble in 2010. She talks about this ensemble and other endeavours in the August 2012 edition of The Strad.