On March 18, 2018, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero was awarded the 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Musikpreis. For Montero, music-making without a functional ethical compass is pointless. As an artist, she uses her status as one of the most coveted pianists of the day to point the finger at grievances and injustice, for example in Venezuela. As a human being, she employs the – musical – resources at her command to make the world a better place.
The laudation was held by Igor Levit.
The Heidelberger Frühling Musikpreis was created in 2013. The distinction is endowed with EUR 10,000 and is awarded to artists and journalists who have made a substantial and sustained contribution to bringing classical music to wider audiences. The award is the only one of its kind. It is donated by the Heidelberg construction material manufacturer HeidelbergCement, founding partner of Heidelberger Frühling and main sponsor since 1997.
Jörg Tröger & Christian Gerhaher – unabbreviated interview (in German)
Markus Hinterhäuser was born in La Spezia (Italy) in 1959. As a pianist he gave recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and at renowned festivals. As co-founder of the Zeitfluss series from 1993 to 2001 at the Salzburg Festival and artistic director of the Zeit-Zone project at the Wiener Festwochen festival (Vienna) he earned himself an international reputation for innovative and forward-looking culture management. From October 2006 Hinterhäuser was responsible for the music program of the Salzburg Festival, of which he was interim director from 1 October 2010 to 1 October 2011. Hinterhäuser will be director of the Wiener Festwochen till 1 July 2016 and will then switch to the Salzburg Festival in the same capacity.