The Dresden Music Festival, in Dresden, Germany has this week announced American violinist Joshua Bell as the recipient of its 2019 Glashütte Original Music Festival Prize - in recognition of his significant commitment to the development of young artists.
Presented annually since 1993 by Saxon luxury watchmaking company, Glashütte Original, Joshua will receive €25,000.
"I have known Joshua Bell since 1989, when we met at the Marlboro Music Festival and would sight-read Schubert trios together during our spare time ... Joshua has remained true to himself and reaches classical music fans of all generations and nationalities with his poetic style of playing the violin ..." Dresden Festival Artistic Director, cellist Jan Vogler has said.
"Today he is one of the most charismatic and successful musicians in the world ... and I am delighted that we are able to honour his work with the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award this year," he has said.
Previous recipients include: conductor Sir Simon Rattle, violinist Hilary Hahn, pianist Hélène Grimaud and cellist Steven Isserlis.