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Update: OBF group shares in Rilling celebration

  • Nov 11, 2011
[caption id="attachment_6451" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Friends of the Festival greet Helmuth Rilling on the stage of the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden"][/caption]

On Friday November 11, Helmuth Rilling joined the ranks of such artists as Anne Sophie Mutter, Evgeny Kissin, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Quasthoff, and the Berlin Philharmonic as a recipient of the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize. The annual award is presented to an outstanding international musician by the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany’s largest concert hall.

John Evans and 16 members of the Oregon Bach Festival’s Conductor’s Society were in Baden Baden for the festivities, including a ceremonial concert the night of November 11, which included the Bach cantata BWV 80 and Robert Levin's completion of the Mozart Requiem, a project that Rilling fostered through the Internationale Bachakademie. The OBF guests were also invited to a private party at the Rilling home on the weekend, and enjoyed a sightseeing tour of the Stuttgart region. The von Karajan award, sponsored by the Festspielhaus, is named for the iconic Austrian conductor, and includes a 50,000 Euro cash prize for the recipient to help further the careers of young musicians. “Helmuth Rilling is an outstanding personality of the international music scene and a tireless ambassador for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, ” said the director of the Festspielhaus, Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, on Thursday, March 10. The maestro has created opportunities for young artists since 1953, when, as a college student, he founded the Gachinger Kantorei, the Stuttgart choir he still leads today. At the Oregon Bach Festival, he has mentored more than a thousand young conductors through his master class, which has been a core program of the festival since 1970. Through the OBF and his Stuttgart Bachakademie Rilling has commissioned works from a new generation of composers including Osvaldo Golijov, Stephen Jaffe, Robert Kyr, Linda Bouchard, Tan Dun, and Wolfgang Rihm. For more, see the OBF news release announcing the prize (March 2011). Read All