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LOTTO-Förderpreis of the Rheingau Musik Festival

15,000 euros for Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

von links: Dr. jur. Heinz-Georg Sundermann, Maximilian Kromer, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Franziska Reichenbacher, Michael Herrmann © Ansgar Klostermann

The prize, which has been donated annually by the Hessian Lottery Company since 2009, is one of the most highly endowed young artists' prizes in Germany with a prize money of 15,000 euros and is awarded annually to an extraordinary young talent who performs at the Rheingau Music Festival. "Those who are already at the top are usually overwhelmed with awards. LOTTO Hessen, however, would like to expressly designate special up-and-coming talents in order to facilitate their way up, "explains Dr. Heinz-Georg Sundermann, Managing Director of LOTTO Hessen, the intention of the prize.

The jury of the LOTTO Prize consists of the conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, currently General Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, and from the season 2019/20 Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Intendant and Managing Director of the Rheingau Music Festival, Michael Herrmann , Dr. Heinz-Georg Sundermann from LOTTO Hessen and the program members of the Rheingau Musik Festival.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian was born in 1995 in Vienna, the son of a pianist and a conductor in a family of musicians, received violin lessons from the age of five years and appeared as a seven-year-old the first time publicly with orchestra. Since 2011 he studies with Gerhard Schulz, former member of the world-famous Alban Berg Quartet, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His young career has taken him to such orchestras as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He also played under conductors such as Adam Fischer, Keith Lockhart, Hannu Lintu, Cornelius Meister, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kristiina Poska and John Storgårds. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona.

Jury's assessment

His brilliant technique and his incredible sense of interpretive subtleties are a mat-ter of course. The fact that he finds his inspiration on high alpine climbing tours or draws from the normal life makes him one of the most beneficial examplions among the pianists of his generation. So much naturalness, sympathetic charis-ma and pleasant modesty, coupled with great virtuosity, are rarely experienced with a great musician.

Auszug aus der Jurybegründung

The previous laureates

Sebastian Manz (2009)
Leticia Moreno (2010)
Denis Kozhukhin (2011)
Christopher Park (2012)
Iskandar Widjaja (2013)
Vestard Shimkus (2014)
Pablo Ferrandéz (2015)
Marc Bouchkov (2016)
Ben Kim (2017)
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (2018)