The Heidelberger Frühling Musikpreis 2023 was awarded to percussionist Martin Grubinger. At the end of the stage career of the Austrian star multi-percussionist, his unparalleled merits in bringing music to a wide audience, especially a young generation, and his associated social commitment were honored.
Since 2013, the award honors 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.
Martin Grubinger (2023) for his unparalleled merits in bringing music to a wide audience, especially a young generation, and his associated social commitment.
Thomas Hampson (2021) for his decades-long commitment to the art song.
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.