Cremona Musica Awards: Gergiev and Kancheli prizegiving ceremony 30/09/2018 at 17:00 in Sala Bergonzi
The names of the winners of the 2018 Cremona Musica Awards represent the true excellence in music: the conductor Valery Gergiev, the violinist Maxim Vengerov, the writer Alessandro Baricco, the guitar luthier Hermann Hauser III and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival will be awarded this September.
In this second prize giving ceremony, the following awards will be given:
Cremona Musica Award in the category “Performance – orchestra conduction” to the legendary Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, of which he leads the orchestra and opera and ballet companies. Under his guidance, the Theater in Saint Petersburg became one of the most important in the World.
Cremona Musica Award in the category “Composition” to the renowned Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, an important figure in the history of 20th-century music, an artist who managed to find a peculiar poetic vein, full of spirituality and expressive immediacy. On this occasion, two pianists who have recorded CDs with Kancheli's piano music, Alessandro Stella and George Vatchnadze, will play some short pieces of Giya Kancheli.
In this edition, the awards are one-off sculptures made by the artist M'horo for the collection “M’horò Suite. Sculptures… for orchestra”.