Dutch violinist Janine Jansen has been announced as the winner of this year’s Bremen Musikfest Award. The 37-year-old will receive the honour at a concert during this year’s festival, which takes place from 29 August to 19 September.

In its citation, the jury said, ‘As a soloist and as a chamber musician Janine Jansen combines the highest degree of virtuosity, richness of expression and charm.’ Jansen is attending this year’s festival with a project reinterpreting the works of Bach and Haydn, which will include an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string trio, and a version of Haydn’s Seven Last Words for string quartet and four solo vocalists.

Previous winners have included Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica (1999), while violinists Julia Fischer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sergey Khachatryan, violist Antoine Tamestit, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and the Chiaroscuro Quartet have all received Förderpreise (supporting awards).

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