The Musikpreis of Heidelberger Frühling 2023 will be awarded to percussionist Martin Grubinger on April 5, 2023.
The exceptional artist is thus being honored for his unparalleled services in introducing a young generation to music and his associated social commitment. To the event
Since 2013, the award has honored individuals who have made a substantial and lasting commitment to the teaching of classical music. The prize, which is unique in its form, is endowed with 10,000 euros and is sponsored by the Musikfestival’s founding partner Heidelberg Materials.
In 2021, the U.S. star baritone Thomas Hampson received the award. He was thus honored for his decades-long commitment to the art song.
Further award winners were :
John Gilhooly (2019) for his challenging and risk-taking programming and exemplary music education formats as director of London’s Wigmore Hall.
Gabriela Montero (2018) for her great accomplishments as a music educator, social bridge builder, and master improviser.
Klaus Lauer (2017) for his courage and desire for the new and unknown as founder and artistic director of the Römerbad Musiktage and its successor, the Badenweiler Musiktage.
Christian Gerhaher (2016) for his passionate commitment to the romantic art song, with which he has set new standards.
Markus Hinterhäuser (2015) for his commitment as “art facilitator” as artistic director of the Vienna Festival and now the Salzburg Festival.
Eleonore Büning (2014) for her achievements as an advocate for music and as its mediator in her work as one of the most formative figures in German-language music journalism and as an author.
Jörg Widmann (2013) for his work as a clarinettist, composer and teacher, his continuous dialogue with the audience and his impulse to inspire people and open new horizons.