John Gilhooly, Chief Executive and Artist Director of Wigmore Hall and Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, is to receive 2019 Heidelburger Frühling Music Award. Gilhooly will donate the €10,000 monetary gift which comes with the honour to Wigmore Hall and RPS.
The International Music Festival Heidelburger Frühling bestows the award each year to individuals who have made substantial and lasting contributions within the classical music education sector. The award is donated by HeidelbergCement, the founding partner of the Festival and its main sponsor since 1997. Previous winners include composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann, music journalist Eleanore Büning, pianist and cultural manager Markus Hinterhäuser, baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gabriela Montero.
It will be presented to John Gilhooly on 7 April 2019 during the next Festival (16 March – 14 April 2019).
John 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. I look forward to returning to Heidelberg on many occasions in 2019.”