Wigmore Hall has awarded Christian Gerhaher a Wigmore Medal. It was presented to the great baritone by Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Kent on the Wigmore Hall stage last night [12 October], following his song recital there with regular partner Gerold Huber.
Recently described by Daily Telegraph as ‘the most moving singer in the world’, the Award recognises Gerhaher’s contribution to Wigmore Hall. He has had a long-standing relationship with the Hall since his first full recital there in November 2000 and was Singer in Residence there in 2015/16. The Award also celebrates his close links with London audiences, and his exemplary list of international operatic and recital accomplishments over many decades.
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said:
“Since giving his first full recital at Wigmore Hall almost sixteen years ago, Christian Gerhaher, together with his regular inspirational partner, Gerold Huber, has become a cherished member of the Hall’s family of artists. Christian is now recognised throughout the world, not least in London, for his outstanding musicianship in opera, oratorio and song; a wonderful interpreter who always lets the music’s poetry speak for itself. With this Award, we celebrate Christian’s commitment to, and belief in Wigmore Hall, and to the song recital as a concert going experience everywhere.
The Wigmore Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognises major international artists and significant figures in the classical music world. Previous recipients include Sir András Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menahem Pressler, Dame Felicity Lott and jazz artist Brad Mehldau. The medal is designed and made by British artist and medallist Irene Gunston.