The violinist was awarded €50,000 following her performance of Mozart Violin Concerto no.5 on Saturday 30 October at the Salzburg Easter Festival


Hilary Hahn © OJ Slaughter

Hilary Hahn has won the prestigious Herbert von Karajan award. Hahn was awarded the prize of €50,000 following her performance of Mozart Violin Concerto no.5 with Staatskapelle Dresden and conductor Daniele Gatti on Saturday night as part of the Salzburg Easter Festival.

Arabel Karajan, son of the famous conductor, said, ’Thank you, for this wonderful music, it is my special honour to award you with this prize in this extraordinary place where I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the most wonderful musical moments. In the spirit of my father, I may present you with this award’

Awarded annually since 2017, the prize is endowed by von Karajan’s widow Eliette von Karajan and given to an outstanding musician whose artistic achievements have received international recognition. The previous recipients are Daniil Trifonov (2017), Sol Gabetta (2018) and Mariss Jansons (2019).

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