At the Seventh Next General Festival at the Grand Resort in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, ICMA president Remy Franck honored three of the winners of this year’s awards which will be officially presented at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig on 1 April.
Ensemble Esperanza, winner of a Special Achievement Award, performed several concerts in Bad Ragaz, and during the opening concert of the festival Remy Franck presented the new CD released by the Ensemble on Ars Produktion label to the audience.
The recording ‘Nordic Suites’ (ARS 38 227) comprises Edvard Grieg’s Suite From Holberg’s Time, Frank Bridge’s for Suite for String Orchestra, Carl Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings and Gustav Holst’s St Paul’s Suite.
ICMA Discovery Award winner Robert Neumann, 15, performed Chopin’s Etudes op 15, and Chouchane Siranossian, winner in the category Baroque Instrumental is the leader of Esperanza.
Remy Franck said: « It is amazing that three of our winners are closely linked to the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, the organizer of the Next Generation Festival. It shows what a tremendous musical force is coming from that Academy, and it does not wonder that ICMA and this institution work effectively together. Both, ICMA and the Music Academy of Liechtenstein are truly international and aim for excellence. »