Steven Isserlis has been awarded the Wigmore Medal in recognition of his achievements as a musician and champion of classical music, and for his continued commitment to London’s Wigmore Hall and everything that it represents. Presentation of the medal took place on Saturday 15th April, following a performance by Isserlis and Dénes Várjon. Steven Isserlis is the first cellist to receive the Wigmore Medal; previous recipients include Sir András Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menahem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott.
Steven Isserlis said of the award:
“I have been playing at the Wigmore Hall for more years than I care to remember! Over the years, I have come to consider it as my musical home; I love it for its acoustics, for its history, and above all for the unique atmosphere that inspires us all every time we play there. I am delighted now to have been awarded the Wigmore Medal – what an honour! And I was particularly happy to receive it from Dame Felicity Lott, a dear friend, in company with the two past and present Directors of the Hall, William Lyne and John Gilhooly, who have been so helpful and encouraging to me over the years.”
A spokesperson for Wigmore Hall said:
“Since his debut in 1977, Steven has presented a number of series at the Hall, charming his audience into sampling unknown or neglected composers with his infectious enthusiasm, or bringing a fresh approach to the established repertoire. Today he is acclaimed worldwide and enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. We are thrilled to present him with this medal.”
It was also recently announced that Mr Isserlis will be awarded the 2017 Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward in recognition of his achievements in music education and for his continued support of emerging musical talent.