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The Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the performance and/or scholarly study of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The prize for 2013 has been awarded to Murray Perahia.
Murray Perahia becomes the eighth winner of the prize, which was established by the Kohn Foundation and is worth £10,000. Previous winners have been Professor Christoph Wolff (2006), András Schiff (2007), Sir John Eliot Gardiner (2008), Peter Schreier (2009), John Butt (2010), the Thomanerchor Leipzig (2011) and Masaaki Suzuki (2012).
Professor Christoph Wolff, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, András Schiff and Professor Kammersänger Peter Schreier were on the selection panel which awarded this year’s prize, along with Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Principal of the Royal Academy of Music) and Sir Ralph Kohn FRS, FRAM (Kohn Foundation).
The Chair of the Bach Prize panel, Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Murray Perahia, Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, to the world’s most exclusive club of Bachians. Murray’s extensive discography of Bach’s works for keyboard – including the Goldberg Variations, Partitas, English Suites and concertos – bountifully demonstrates his status as one of the very greatest of recent Bach interpreters.’
The award will be presented to Mr Perahia at the Royal Academy of Music, on a date to be confirmed: details will be published on this website.
Masaaki Suzuki will receive the 2012 award in the Academy’s Duke’s Hall on Sunday 10th November 2013, as part of the Royal Academy of Music / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. He will conduct Academy student performers in Bach’s Cantatas ‘Wo soll ich fliehen hin?’, BWV 5 and ‘Jesu, nun sei gepreiset’, BWV 41. Tickets are on sale online now.