Askonas Holt artists receive top awards
Anna Prohaska was awarded in the Young Talent category for her debut recording Sirène on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The compilation includes works by Purcell, Dowland, Lawes, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Wolf, Dvorak, Fauré, Debussy, Bizet, Szymanowski and Honegger. Miss Prohaska will be performing the programme in Dortmund and Hamburg in January 2013. In the same month, she will also be embarking on a European tour of her latest release, Enchanted Forest, with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen.
Daniel Barenboim was also awarded at the ceremony with the ECHO Klassik Lifetime Achievement Award. “Daniel Barenboim is without a doubt one of the most important classical artists of our time,” said Association president Dr. Florian. “In addition to his outstanding musical career, he has made it his life mission to break down borders through music – regardless of the obstacles he has been facing. With the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, he is contributing to reconciliation and understanding. Therefore, we are pleased more than ever to honor Daniel Barenboim with the ECHO Klassik Award in the category of Lifetime Achievement.”
Barenboim says in this month’s ECHO Klassik magazine: “I will never claim that I am better or worse than my conductor colleagues, but I have the increasing feeling that I may be looking for something else than they are, that I actually have a different profession which only happens to use the same means as that of conducting.”
Ion Marin was also recognised, via his partnership with David Garrett, who won Bestseller of the Year with his album Legacy.
Congratulations to all involved!