The early music specialist receives the award in recognition of her work with her orchestra, Les Passions de l’Âme

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Violinist Meret Lüthi © Guillaume Perret

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The Foundation of the Swiss Violin Making School in Brienz has announced Meret Lüthi as the recipient of its 2024 Golden Bow. Lüthi is a violinist and artistic director of the early music orchestra Les Passions de l’Âme.

The jury honours Lüthi for the development of Les Passions de l’Âme and for sharing her inventiveness and captivating programmes with audiences since 2008. She has appeared with the orchestra at the Lucerne Festival, the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, the Schwetzinger Festspiele and the Musikfest Stuttgart. She performs with artists such as Dorothee Oberlinger, Simone Kermes, Nuria Rial and Kristian Bezuidenhout.

Lüthi received her training in her hometown with the violinists Monika Urbaniak-Lisik and Eva Zurbrügg and obtained both teaching and concert diplomas with distinction. Her string quartet studies took her to Basel to study with Walter Levin, and she studied baroque violin with Anton Steck in Trossingen.

A specialist in early music, Lüthi teaches baroque violin and historically informed performance practice at the Bern University of the Arts. In 2017 she was awarded the Music Prize of the Canton of Bern and in 2020 the Culture Prize of the Bürgi-Willert Foundation for her many years of outstanding musical activities. Her artistic work is documented on Sony Music Switzerland, Ramée and Dynamic, and was awarded the Diapason d’or in 2013 and 2017 as well as an Opus Klassik and Premio Abbiati in 2020 and the CHOC de l’Année 2023 by Classica.

Lüthi joins a line-up of artists who have previously received this prize, which include Antje Weithaas, Chiara Banchini, Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Kim Kashkashian, Hans Heinz Schneeberger, Thomas and Patrick Demenga, Thomas Füri, Thomas Zehetmair and many more.

She will receive the Golden Bow award at the opening concert of the Musikfestwoche Meiringen festival with Les Passions de l’Âme on 5 July 2024, 7:00 pm, at Michaelskirche Meiringen.

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