(Above photo ©Andreas Guballa)
Midori was awarded the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society’s Brahms Prize in 2020 but the prize ceremony had to be postponed because of the Covid pandemic. The event took place on August 20, 2022 at St Bartholomaus Church in Wesselburren.
The jury honored Midori for her internationally celebrated interpretations of the works of Johannes Brahms as well as for the support she gives to the younger generation of artists and her special commitment in the spirit of humanity to projects promoting culture, not least as a UN Peace Ambassador. The prize is endowed with €10,000.
Alongside the prize ceremony Midori performed a program of solo works by J.S. Bach, Jessie Montgomery and John Zorn.
The first recipient of the Brahms Prize was Leonard Bernstein in 1988. Subsequent winners have included Yehudi Menuhin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Sabine Meyer, Thomas Quasthoff, Christoph Eschenbach and the Thomanerchor.
A profile of Midori published to coincide with the Brahms Prize event can be found in NDR Kultur