The 23-year-old receives CHF10,000 (£9,035) and a chance to participate in this year’s Lucerne Festival Academy.

Elide Sulsenti


Elide Sulsenti

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Switzerland’s Fritz Gerber Foundation has announced that Italian cellist Elide Sulsenti will receive the Fritz Gerber Award this year. The prize is worth CHF10,000 (£9,035) and includes a scholarship to participate in the 2023 Lucerne Festival Academy.

Born in Catania in 1999, Elide Sulsenti studied with Oscar Piastrelloni at the Conservatorio di Musica di Cagliari and with Miklós Perényi at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. She is currently completing her studies with Enrico Dinda at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. She has appeared at numerous festivals as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been a member of the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt.

Sulsenti is one of three recipients of the award this year, the other two being trombonist Romain Nussbaumer and drummer Noah Rosen. The annual award is available to young artists up to the age of 28 who have Swiss citizenship, or who have lived in Switzerland for at least three years.This year’s jury included Michael Haefliger, director of the Lucerne Festival, and the composer and conductor Heinz Holliger.

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