It has been announced today that British cellist Steven Isserlis has been awarded the 14th annual Glashütte Original Music Festival Award - in recognition of his ‘achievements in classical music education and support for young artists’.
He will receive a €25,000 grant - courtesy of the Dresden Music Festival.
"I am very happy to receive the 2017 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award …", Steven has said.
"The life of any child, from whatever background, can be transformed by music … music can be of immense help in social terms within difficult circumstances … the more we can bring great music into the lives of children everywhere, the better those lives will be …", the 58 year old cello virtuoso has said.
Steven has indicated he will put the funds towards initiatives with the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, the London Music Masters - and the German musical charity ‘Rhapsody in School’.
Previous Glashütte grant recipients include Gidon Kremer, Kurt Masur, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle.