John Gilhooly receives Heidelberger Frühling Music Award

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John Gilhooly, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall and Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS), is to receive the 2019 Heidelberger Frühling Music Award.

He will donate the €10,000 prize money to Wigmore Hall and RPS.

The Heidelberger Frühling Music Award

The international music festival, Heidelberger Frühling, bestows the annual Heidelberger Frühling Music Award to individuals who have made substantial and lasting contributions within the classical music education sector.

Previous winners include:

  • composer and clarinettist, Jörg Widmann
  • music journalist, Eleanore Büning
  • pianist and cultural manager, Markus Hinterhäuser
  • baritone, Christian Gerhaherand
  • pianist, Gabriela Montero

The award will be presented to John Gilhooly on 7 April 2019 during the next Festival (16 March-14 April 2019).

About John Gilhooly

In explaining their choice for the award, Heidelberger Frühling said:

‘John Gilhooly became the youngest director of an internationally acclaimed concert hall at age 35 with his appointment at Wigmore Hall.

‘Since then, he has developed the Hall into one of the world’s premiere venues for chamber music, vocal music and music education. Today, a performance in the ‘Temple of Chamber Music’ has become an indispensable addition to the biographies of young musicians.

‘Thanks to John’s intelligent and ambitious programming, alongside his innovative musical education initiatives, Wigmore Hall has opened its doors to wider and more diverse audiences. He has created a space in which the core audience meets the tentative first listener – classical newcomers of today are becoming tomorrow’s classical music connoisseurs. John Gilhooly has managed to create coherence through this juxtaposition; an inspirational musical home for artists and audiences alike.

‘This achievement, alongside his tireless dedication (particularly to art song and string quartets), makes John the perfect candidate for the award, aligning him the social mission of connection and commitment that exemplifies the Heidelberger Frühling.

‘For his outstanding achievements, John Gilhooly is awarded the Heidelberger Frühling Music Award.’

John Gilhooly said:

‘I have long admired International Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling as an outstanding example of an innovative festival and series.

‘I am honoured to receive the 2019 Heidelberger Frühling Music Award and have donated the monetary gift which comes with it to Wigmore Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of all of the wonderful people associated with these two musical institutions.’


Header photo: John Gilhooly

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