The Argentinian cellist receives CHF100,000 in recognition for her contribution to music in Switzerland

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The Swiss Music Awards has announced cellist Sol Gabetta as the recipient of its Grand Prix de musique. The award recognises important musicians in Switzerland and is given annually by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

’I am deeply honoured to receive the Grand Prix de musique 2024,’ said Gabetta. ’To be recognised alongside so many great artists who have come before me is truly humbling. It is incredibly touching to see my work appreciated in this way. Thank you for this prestigious award.’

The prize comes with CHF100,000 (£86,000). ’[The award] gives me more energy to carry out projects in Switzerland,’ said Gabetta. ’Projects that can help the younger generation.’

Born in Argentina, Gabetta has been a Swiss citizen since 2018. She studied at the University of Music in Basel and has directed the Solsberg Chamber Music Festival in Olsberg since 2006. In addition to her international solo career, she has taught at the Basel Music Academy since 2005.

Seven other Swiss Music Prizes, worth CHF40,000 (£34,000), were also awarded to Swiss musicians, as well as three Special Prizes worth CHF25,000 (£21,000), which went to institutions and important figures for their contribution to the Swiss music scene.

The presentation of the Swiss Music Awards will take place at the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne as part of the Label Suisse Festival, on 12 September 2024.

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