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Daniel Hope Awarded The 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music


A few days ago, Daniel Hope's performance in the Dresden Frauenkirche was received with standing ovations.  He will be returning to Dresden on 2nd October to receive the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music.

“Daniel Hope is a great artist, whose serious and refreshing approach to classical music creates generations of new listeners”, according to the President of the European Cultural Foundation, Tilo Braune. “He builds bridges between different musical worlds and thus stands for tolerance and openness.” The New York Times wrote of him: "You never know what the brilliant British violinist Daniel Hope, acclaimed for his ventures into contemporary music, will do next."

An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Daniel Hope has toured the world as soloist for 25 years, receiving many awards including six ECHO Klassik Prizes, the Diapason d’Or of the Year and the Edison Music Award. He has performed with musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and Kurt Masur, he is the Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival, and even a bestselling author. The 2016/17 season will see him succeed Sir Roger Norrington as  Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

This summer Daniel Hope is touring the festivals of Aspen, Bristol Proms, Edinburgh, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Merano, Pollença, Ravenna, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Tokyo with partners including Paavo Järvi, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Berlin Baroque Soloists, the Ebène Quartet, Nicholas Angelich, Klaus Maria Brandauer and many more.

Hope says: “I am honoured to receive the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music. Our cultural heritage in Europe is unique and I see it as the responsibility of every artist to protect, to celebrate and to share this heritage.  I'm  particularly delighted  to be receiving this award in the Dresden Frauenkirche – an historical landmark in which I have been privileged to make music on several occasions, and a place which represents not only the preservation of culture but symbolises the understanding of different cultures in a unique way.”

The European Cultural Prize this October celebrates the 25th anniversary of German Reunification. Actor Manfred Krug will be honoured for his life's work, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Angela Gheorghiu are awarded the European Soloist Prizes. Conductor Kristjan Järvi joins forces with the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic to receive the European Young Artists Prize. 

Past winners of the Prize include Daniel Barenboim, Placido Domingo, Thomas Quasthoff and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Presenting the awards will be the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the Music Director of the Berlin State Opera Daniel Barenboim, the film producer Regina Ziegler, actor Charles Brauer and the director of the Vienna State Opera, Dominique Meyer.