The  ‘Pro Meritis Scientiae et Litterarum’ award was given to the 40-year-old musician and pedagogue at a ceremony on 14 July

Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer with minister Markus Blume. Photo: Axel Koenig/StMWK

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German violinist Julia Fischer has received the ‘Pro Meritis Scientiae et Litterarum’ award from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts. The 40-year-old received the honour at a ceremony in Munich on 17 July. At the presentation, Bavaria’s science and arts minister Markus Blume called Fischer ‘one of the outstanding violin soloists of our time. With your great charisma, your strong presence and your radiant sound, you make each of your performances a very special experience.’

The award has been given annually by the Bavarian ministry since 2000 for outstanding achievements in science and art. In addition to honouring the recipients, the aim of the award is to show that science and art are perceived as two sides of the same coin, according to the ministry. It bestows a maximum of eight awards per year.

Born in 1983, Fischer teaches at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts and gives up to 60 performances per year. She performs on a 1742 Guadagnini 1742 as well as a 2011 violin by Philipp Augustin, which she has owned since 2012.

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