Mendelssohn Award 2012

Leipzig International Mendelssohn Prize 2012

Leipzig International Mendelssohn Prize for the St Thomas Choir of Leipzig and its Cantor and for Harald Schmidt

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Leipzig International Mendelssohn Prize, 29 September 2012


19 o’clock Concert and Prize Award

Armin Mueller-Stahl & Ensemble Es gibt Tage…
Preisverleihung A. Mueller-Stahl 2012
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Armin Mueller-Stahl – voice, Günther Fischer – piano/saxophone,
Tobias Morgenstern – accordeon, Tom Götze – contra bass

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy:

Denn er hat seinen Engeln, MWV B 53
Preisträger Thomanerchor 2012
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Die Nachtigall op. 59,4, MWV F 24
Thomanerchor Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller

Johannes Brahms:
Festkonzert SarahChang 2012
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1 movement Allegro und 4 movement Presto agitato: Sonata for violin and piano op. 108
Sarah Chang – violin/Lauma Skride, piano


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy:
Preisverleihung Mendelssohns Oktett 2012
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Oktett op. 20 MWV R 20
Frank-Michael Erben – violin, Conrad Suske – violin
Olaf Hallmann – viola, Jürnjakob Timm – violoncello
Quartett des Orchestre National de France
Sarah Nemtanu – violin, 
Bertrand Cervera – violin
Sabine Toutain – viola, Raphael Perraud – violoncello

Pjotr Tschaikowski

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Fantasy Ouverture Romeo and Juliet
Gewandhausorchester, Maestro Kurt Masur

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This year’s award of the Leipzig International Mendelssohn Prize by Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung took place in the distinguished setting of a gala concert in the Gewandhaus.
The concert was at the same time dedicated to Maestro Kurt Masur, who this summer celebrated his 85th birthday.

The Gewandhaus-Orchestra, Armin Mueller-Stahl & Ensemble, Sarah Chang (violin) and Lauma Skride (piano), the Gewandhaus-Quartet and members of the Orchestre National de Paris all performed to honour the prize-winners – the St Thomas Choir of Leipzig, its Cantor Georg Christoph Biller, and the actor and entertainer Harald Schmidt.

The world-wide renowned boys Choir received the prize, because it had made a decisive contribution
to the 800-year history of the music city of Leipzig and its destiny. Traditionally the Choir is firmly linked with the city. Through its performances in the city, numerous concerts in Germany, and its world-wide tours, the St Thomas Choir has become a highly treasured and internatio-
nally respected ambassador for the music city of Leipzig.

The Choir has also given out-standing service to the music of Mendelssohn – through varied and close links between the Choir and the Gewandhaus-Kapellmeister Mendelssohn, and through performances in the St Thomas Church and joint musical activities in the city.

Especially in recent times the Choir and its Cantor Georg Christoph Biller have served the music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, with regular worldwide performances. The organisation of the Leipzig Mendelssohn Festival Days since 2009 follows an initiative by Cantor Biller. The St Thomas Choir of Leipzig and its Cantor Georg Christoph Biller received the Leipzig International Mendelssohn Prize 2012 in the music category. They expressed their thanks through the music of Felix
Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

Harald Schmidt was honoured with the prize in the social engagement cate-gory. Harald Schmidt is closely linked with German culture as a church musician, actor, cabaret artist, writer and moderator. The entertainer achieved recognition throughout Germany through television, reaching out to many people through his humour and also his critical irony. He often created public sensation, drawing attention to public grievances for which solutions should be sought. Harald Schmidt’s broadcasts promulgated knowledge and information about German culture and also music. He is often seen on the stage in a musical capacity, whereby he presents the wide-ranging cultural value of classical music to a broad selection of people of different age groups. His CD recordings confirm his intensive relationship with classical music.

Harald Schmidt has frequently brought recognition to Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, the St Thomas Choir and the music city of Leipzig. He did this outstandingly in 2007 for the greatly respected Mendelssohn Gala for Maestro Kurt Masur’s 80th birthday, which received wide media coverage, and which he moderated with factual knowledge of and great personal empathy with Mendelssohn’s legacy. His appeal on that occasion for funds for the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Foundation contributed greatly to the liquidation of the debts of the Mendelssohn-House Leipzig, and to the expansion of the world-wide work of the Foundation. Since then he has continued to work to support the personality and music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

We are most grateful for all donations and support.

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