Nominations for 2021

Would you please help us find the winner of the 2021 Antonín Dvořák Prize? Just like last year, again this year you can send us your suggestions. Whether you are an organization or an individual over age 18, you can send your choice to the email address info@akademieklasickehudby.cz by 15 June 2021 together with a brief explanation of why your candidate is deserving of the 2021 Antonín Dvořák Prize.

Concert

At the concert Spring Stars of the Czech Philharmonic III, which took place on Wednesday, 14 April 2021 at the Rudolfinum, the Antonín Dvořák Prize was presented to the laureates for the years 2019 and 2020. The soprano Gabriela Beňačková and the conductor Jakub Hrůša received the prize for their many years of promotion of Czech music in this country and abroad.

 

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Antonín Dvořák Prize

The Antonín Dvořák Prize is a prestigious award in the field of classical music. It is intended to highlight people, artistic collectives, or institutions for exceptional artistic achievements or significant merit in promoting and popularising Czech classical music in the Czech Republic and abroad. Winners have been announced by the Academy of Classical Music since 2009.

The first laureate of the prize was the great-grandson of the composer Antonín Dvořák, the violinist, violist, and conductor Josef Suk. Following him were such figures as the pianist Ivan Moravec, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the world-famous choreographer and dancer Jiří Kylián. In the past, the importance of the prize has been underscored by the special places and occasions of its presentation. The soprano Ludmila Dvořáková received the Antonín Dvořák Prize in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle during a recital by the pianist Lang Lang, the conductor Jiří Bělohlávek was given the prize in 2014 at Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Czech Philharmonic received it at its concert celebrating 100 years of Czech statehood at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Laureates of the Antonín Dvořák Prize receive a glass sculpture of a cello designed by the architect Jiří Pelcl and produced by the glassmakers from the company Moser.

Charter and Schedule

The awarding of the Antonín Dvořák Prize is governed by a charter. You can download the charter in its full wording here.

Academic Council

Since 2012, the Academic Council has made the decisions on awarding the Antonín Dvořák Prize. The Academic Council consists of important figures of Czech cultural life and classical music, and it decides on nominations and the actual selection of winners of the Antonín Dvořák Prize.

  • Petr Altrichter, conductor
  • David Beveridge, musicologist
  • Jakub Čížek, director of Prague Radio Symphony
  • Věra Drápelová, music publicist
  • Jakub Hrůša, Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic
  • Ivo Kahánek, pianist, educator HAMU
  • Ivan Klánský, pianist, Dean of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), holder of the Antonín Dvořák Prize 2017
  • Jiří Kylián, choreographer, holder of the Antonín Dvořák Prize 2013
  • David Mareček, general director of the Czech Philharmonic, pianist
  • Tomáš Motl, executive director of the ČT art channel
  • Jan Simon, artistic director of the Academy of Classical Music, pianist
  • Luboš Stehlík, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Harmonie, music publicist
  • Jiří Vejvoda, music publicist,  Deputy Chairman and Spokesman of the Czech Radio Council

Laureates