Gustavo Dudamel Receives Saeculum Prize from Glashutte Original

Jun 12, 2009
Young conductor Gustavo Dudamel from Venezuela was the latest to receive the Glashutte Original Music Festival Prize.

On the 23rd of May, 2009 Dudamel was awarded 25, 000 Euro along with the special Saeculum Prize, a flying tourbillon watch designed by German horologist Alfred Helwig. It was a present from the famous Saxon watch manufacture.

The event took place at the famous Dresden Semperoper. The prize accompanied by warm congratulations was presented to the 28-year conductor by Gunter Wiegand, Managing Director of Glashutte Original and Jan Vogler, Director of the Dresden Music Festival.

To a considerable extent, this prize was a sign of Dudamel's merits recognition as for the social program in Venezuela El Sistema, which is aimed at assisting young people, who live in poverty, to settle in their lives. This program is realized by utilizing a network of musical schools and orchestras.

Dudamel was extremely grateful for the appreciation of his work and he emphasized that the prize money would be spent for purchasing instruments for the orchestras of El Sistema. He also stressed the importance of artistic values development in young generations.

Shortly after the prize-giving ceremony, Gustavo Dudamel got to directing the musicians of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra in a great performance of different works, with Sergei Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony in B-flat Major among them.

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