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2014 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award Presented to Hilary Hahn

The violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn is the winner of the 11th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award. Glashütte Original Managing Director Yann Gamard and the Director of the Dresden Music Festival, Jan Vogler, presented the award to this exceptional artist during a concert in the Semperoper on 4 June with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, where Hilary Hahn could be heard as the soloist in the violin concerto by Johannes Brahms.

Hilary Hahn received the award, worth 25,000 euros, for her ability “to inspire young musicians with her intensive and uncompromising approach to making music.” She was also chosen because “Hilary Hahn reaches young classical music fans outside the concert hall as well with her authentic, contemporary way of speaking. Her regular encounters with school pupils and her highly popular social media projects are examples of this vibrant form of communication.” “The internet is a good medium for learning something about how the classical music scene functions – for young people who want to enter the field, but also for those of the public that want to take a look behind the scenes. So I see my web activities as an insight into the way I experience my profession and my music making.” That's how Hilary Hahn herself describes her motivation in an interview with the “Dresdner Musikfestspiel Magazin”, where she speaks about the fascination of discovering and sharing new perspectives in dialogue with other people.
It is the 11th time that the watch manufactory Glashütte Original has presented the prize, which is awarded for achievements in encouraging young musicians and promoting classical music education. Previous prize-winners include renowned artistic personalities such as Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud and Thomas Quasthoff.

The prize:
As in previous years, the construction of the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward was entrusted to two apprentices at the Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking. For 12 years now, this school, which forms part of the watch manufactory Glashütte Original, has been training watchmakers and toolmakers every year. The design of the prize combines traditional watchmaking skills with modern materials. The Flying Tourbillon with its 18 tiny weighted screws symbolises the virtuosity of watchmakers. Developed around 1920 by the master watchmaker Alfred Helwig, it is considered a mark of the highest watchmaking skill.

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