Sofia Gubaidulina awarded RPS Gold Medal

Sofia Gubaidulina received the Royal Philharmonic Society's highest honour, the Gold Medal, on 28 November at the RPS's Awards ceremony in London, presented in association with BBC Radio 3 who broadcast highlights from the event on Sunday 1 December at 8.45 pm. Dating back to 1870, the Centenary of Beethoven's birth, the Gold Medal has become one of the most privileged honours in the world of music. Recipients have included leading international performers and conductors as well as composers including Brahms, Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Britten and in more recent years Ligeti, Kurtág and Maxwell Davies.

Gubaidulina commented upon receiving the RPS Gold Medal:

“This award is especially precious because it comes as we are preparing to celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven. To that great composer belongs the merit of affirming in his work the love of harmony – which is the true meaning of the word ‘Philharmonic’ – by uniting the opposite principles of the universe. Let us hope that this may be a unique moment in the history of music - when growth for all mankind can really be achieved through works of art. I am infinitely grateful to the Royal Philharmonic Society for the honour that I have been shown.”

Photo: (c) Mark Allan

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