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Philip Glass, Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa recieve the Ruhr Piano Festival Prize 2017

Each year, the Ruhr Piano Festival Prize honors an artist whose life achievement is closely connected with the Festival. This honorary award is symbolized by Düsseldorf artist Friedrich Werthmann’s steel sculpture Diapason. Compensation consists in a scholarship granted by the prize-winner to a young pianist of his/her choice, who is invited to play a début recital at the Festival the following year.

To celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday, this year’s Ruhr Piano Festival Prize is awarded to Philip Glass, along with the two pianists Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. Thanks to many years of engagement on the part of their piano duo, the Festival was able to build a close artistic friendship with the renowned American composer, commissioning him to write excellent works that are now being played and applauded the world over. The performance history of Philip Glass’s works at the Ruhr Piano Festival goes back to 2002. Then, on the occasion of the Festival Jubilee Years 2008 and 2013, Glass composed two milestones of piano repertoire: “Four Movements for Two Pianos” and “Two Movements for Four Pianos”. Both premieres – by the duos Dennis Russel Davies & Maki Namekawa and Katia & Marielle Labèque – were frenetically applauded. In 2009, the “Four Movements for Two Pianos” were given a widely hailed American premiere by Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa during a Ruhr Piano Festival guest appearance at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Philip Glass has left an indelible mark on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and his unmistakable musical style serves as a model for future generations. Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa are among those pianists who are not only committed to the work of Philip Glass, but who tirelessly work towards making music by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries ever more accessible to wider audiences. Their exemplary engagement for this music and their great faithfulness to the Ruhr Piano Festival (running a total of 12, resp. 14 appearances) are also acknowledged with this prize.

The hitherto 21 prizewinners:

Bella Davidovich (1998)

Daniel Barenboim (1999)

Dimitri Bashkirov (2000)

Graham Johnson (2001)

Leon Fleischer (2002)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (2003)

Alfred Brendel (2004)

Pierre Boulez (2005)

Chick Corea (2006)

Martha Argerich (2007)

Maurizio Pollini (2008)

András Schiff (2009)

Grigory Sokolov (2010)

Elisabeth Leonskaja (2011)

Radu Lupu (2012)

Marc-André Hamelin (2013)

Krystian Zimmermann (2014)

Hélène Grimaud (2015)

Arcardi Volodos (2016)

Philipp Glass (2017)
gemeinsam mit Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa

Elena Bashkirova (2018)

The prizewinners selected the following Pianists for a Ruhr Piano Festival schoolarship:

Peter Jósza (1998)

Saleem Abboud Ashkar (1999)

Denis Lossev (2000)

Joseph Breinl (2001)

Nikolas Angelich (2002)

Tamara Tefanovich (2003)

Tim Horton (2004)

David Fray (2005)

Gwilym Simcock (2006)

Mauricio Vallina (2007)

N.N. (2008)

Juho Pohjonen (2009)

Alexander Mogilevsky (2010)

Juan Peréz Floristán (2011)

Martín García (2012)

Charlie Albright (2013)

N.N. (2014)

Aidan Mikdad (2015)

Sergei Redkin (2017)

N.N. (2018)

The hitherto 21 prizewinners:

 

The prizewinners selected the following pianists for a Ruhr Piano Festival schoolarship:

Bella Davidovich

1998

Peter Jósza

Daniel Barenboim

1999

Saleem Abboud Ashkar

Dmitri Bashkirov

2000

Denis Lossev

Graham Johnson

2001

Joseph Breinl

Leon Fleisher

2002

Nikolas Angelich

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

2003

Tamara Stefanovich

Alfred Brendel

2004

Tim Horton

Pierre Boulez

2005

David Fray

Chick Corea

2006

Gwilym Simcock

Martha Argerich

2007

Mauricio Vallina

Maurizio Pollini

2008

N.N.

András Schiff

2009

Juho Pohjonen

Grigory Sokolov

2010

Alexander Mogilevsky

Elisabeth Leonskaja

2011

Juan Peréz Floristán

Radu Lupu

2012

Martín García

Marc-André Hamelin

2013

Charlie Albright

Krystian Zimmerman

2014

N.N.

Hélène Grimaud

2015

Aidan Mikdad

Arcardi Volodos

2016

Lucas Jussen

Philip Glass gemeinsam mit Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa

2017

Sergei Redkin

Elena Bashkirova

2018

N.N.

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