The 2023 Beethoven Prize for human rights has been awarded to the Latvian violinist and ensemble leader Gidon Kremer.
Kremer, 76, has been outspoken in his opposition to Russia’s wars of aggression in Chechnya and Ukraine. He has also played in jails and other places of despair.
The award, worth 10,000 Euros, is given by the Beethoven Academy in Bad Honnef.
Past winners include Maria João Pires (2021), Igor Levit (2019) and Gabriela Montero (2018).
Photo of Gidon Kremer taken during his performance of “Preludes to a Lost Time,” at Pacific Institution Regional Treatment Centre, Abbotsford, BC on January 29, 2020.