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Rheingau Music Prize 2020 for Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus
Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are awarded the Rheingau Music Prize 2020. The award, initiated by the Rheingau Music Festival, is being presented for the 27th time this year and is endowed with 10,000 euros. The prize money is provided by the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art.

Jury's assessment

Daniel Barenboim is not only one of the most renowned conductors and artistic personalities of our time, but also a great humanist, Free thinker and visionary of inestimable social value. The co-founding and artistic direction of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is testimony to an unparalleled commitment to peace and international understanding. With this extraordinary orchestra, not only can musical great moments be heard, but they also make an invaluable contribution to cultural education and international integration. Especially in today's socially challenging times, it is clear that such important personalities and projects are needed who, with vision, courage and intransigence, firmly believe in the power of art in general and the power of music in particular, and carry them into the world.

Rheingau Musik Preis

The Rheingau Musik Preis has since 1994 been awarded to an already prominent performer, composer, musicologist or musical institution in recognition of their overall contribution to music. In individual cases, too, the prize is also intended as a scholarship for deserving young musicians.

The award, which was initiated by the Rheingau Musik Festival, is endowed with € 10,000. The prize money is provided by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art.

The previous laureates

Volker David Kirchner (1994)
Alexander L. Ringer (1995)
Gidon Kremer (1996)
Ensemble Recherche (1997)
Toshio Hosokawa (1998)
Tabea Zimmermann (1999)
Helmuth Rilling und die Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart (2000)
Artemis Quartett (2001)
Michael Quast (2002)
Peter Greiner (2003)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin e. V. (2004)
Niki Reiser (2005)
Hugh Wolff (2006)
Windsbacher Knabenchor und Karl-Friedrich Beringer (2007)
Heinz Holliger (2008)
Christian Gerhaher (2009)
Taschenoper Lübeck (2010)
Bidla Buh (2011)
Lautten Compagney und Wolfgang Katschner (2012)
Fazıl Say (2013)
Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
Andreas Scholl (2015)
Walter Renneisen (2016)
Enoch zu Guttenberg and the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern (2017)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (2018)
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi (2019)