Cellist Jakob Koranyi is honoured as the inaugural recipient of the Swedish music prize from the Sixten Gemzeus Foundation. Koranyi has firmly established himself on the classical music scene, collaborating with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and across the globe as a chamber musician.

The foundation aims to promote the importance of music-making both in Sweden and internationally. The jury said that the prize has been awarded to Jakob because, “Today he is one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists and is considered one of the world’s premier cellists… He has a well thought out musical form, technical mastery and outstanding tone.” Also recognised was Jakob’s own creative output, his frequent international engagements and his commitment to bringing together different art forms, such as cello and dance.

Acclaimed for his commanding virtuosity, delicate sound and passion for diverse and innovative programmes, Koranyi has toured Europe extensively performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Luxembourg to name a few.

The 17/18 season will see Jakob perform Haydn’s Concerto in C with Vasteras Sinfonietta conducted by Julian Kuerti, and again with the Galve Symphony with Jessica Cottis. This season will also see some exciting new projects: he will perform the Atterberg Cello Concerto with Istanbul State Symphony, and then the Swedish Radio Symphony conducted by Jaime Martin. The year brings a continuation of Koranyi’s exciting collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York, as well as a re-invition to Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Jarna Festival Academy in Sweden, as well as Copenhagen Summer Festival and the Katrina Festival in Aland.