Congratulations to the NJK on this richly deserved recognition for their work!
Prize for the Jewish Chamber Philharmonic
December 30, 2016, Dresden.
For their commitment to the remembrance of Nazi crimes, Dresden’s New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic (NJK) has been awarded the Hosenfeld/Szpilman Prize.
The name of this award reflects a very special history: in the final months of the year 1944 the Wehrmacht officer Wilhelm Hosenfeld encounters the Jewish Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman in the ruins of Warsaw. The German hides him, and provides food, thus saving his life. In January 2017 the Prize will be awarded by Leuphana University (Lüneburg) for the seventh time. The Jury is honoring the musicological work of the NJK, who have given 66 concerts since 2007 performing works by 25 persecuted Jewish composers. The orchestra has also given 20 “Young People’s Discussion Concerts”, introducing a young audience to the subject. Without such initiatives, the once prohibited and persecuted composers and their music would be forgotten. The prize will be presented in Lüneburg on January 27. (SZ)