The US violinist Hilary Hahn has been awarded the Dresden Music Festival Prize for 2014. Worth €25,000, the award will be presented at a concert at the Dresden Semperoper on 4 June.
In its citation, the festival award committee said, ‘Through her authentic, contemporary musical language, Hilary Hahn reaches beyond the concert hall to young classical music fans.’ The violinist’s innovative use of social media was singled out, as well as her teaching work with string students: ‘She inspires young musicians through her intense and uncompromising way of making music.’
This will be the eleventh time the prize, sponsored by German watch company Glashütte Original, has been awarded. The last string player to have been so honoured was violinist Gidon Kremer in 2007. Other previous winners include the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle.