Conversations with the prize winner
In three lengthy conversations with Eckhard Roelcke and Maja Ellmenreich in January, March and April, Tabea Zimmermann shared her thoughts on musical themes on the occasion of her being awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2020. In the last conversation, she also dealt in detail with the Corona crisis.
She describes its effects on her personal life and on the cultural world by means of many experiences and observations: The peculiarities of livestream performances, of lessons via video, of temporal freedom and of unusual silence in the middle of the big city shape her new everyday life.
You can find the complete interviews here.
Tabea Zimmermann to receive the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
The 2020 international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize goes to Tabea Zimmermann! “This prize (…) honours her incorruptible musicianship, her authentic and personal approach as well as her artistic integrity, in addition to her uncompromising standards of quality, the new life she has breathed into the viola as an instrument, her dedication to contemporary music and, last but not least, her incredible contribution to education”, wrote the foundation about the award winner.
The Foundation's press release goes on to say: “In giving the award to Tabea Zimmermann, the board of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation has decided to highlight the work of an artist who has put all of her energy into the very core of musical life, sharing this with her audience. Through her deep musical understanding and her unconditional love of music, which she expresses with indescribable enthusiasm, she has used her viola to help shape the musical landscape in a most impressive manner.”