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    Dresden Music Festival

    Feeling the beat – the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward

The Dresden Music Festival has taken place every year since 1978. Since 2004, Glashütte Original has supported the Saxon cultural spectacle by awarding a special prize. It was initially established as SAECULUM, a prize honouring an artist's lifetime work, with winners such as the conductor Kurt Masur, choreographer John Neumeier, opera director Joachim Herz, violinist Gidon Kremer and mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig.

  • In 2009, the watchmaker gave the prize a new direction. Since then, the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward has been bestowed on international artists who have shown particular dedication to promoting the younger generation of musicians, such as …

  • ... the Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel,

  • pianist Hélène Grimaud,

  • conductor Sir Simon Rattle,

  • fado singer Mariza,

  • and the violinist Hilary Hahn, who share not just their exceptional talents, but also their generosity and their dedication across all disciplines and national borders.


The award

Bearing a prize money of 25,000 Euros, the “Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward” will be donated by the watch manufactory Glashütte Original for the 16th time in 2018 and presented in cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival.

The trophy

As in past years, the award is manufactured by two students at the company’s own “Alfred Helwig” School of Watchmaking.