Christian Thielemann Recieves an Honorary Doctorate From The Liszt School of Music, Weimar

Another major award after honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music, London

It was as recently as the middle of October that Christian Thielemann was honoured in London. Hard on the heels of his honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music comes an honorary doctorate from the Liszt School of Music in Weimar, which Thielemann received at the end of October. He shares this honour with only a handful of other distinguished artists, including Alfred Brendel and Thomas Zehetmair. In justifying its decision, the Academy’s Senate announced that the award had been made in recognition of Thielemann’s “exceptional achievements and his special contribution to the music of the nineteenth century”.

On the following day - the two-hundredth anniversary of Liszt’s birth - Thielemann conducted a concert in the Weimarhalle in honour of the composer. The orchestra was made up of members of the Weimar Staatskapelle and professors, lecturers and students from the Weimar Academy of Music. The programme comprised Liszt’s Totentanz and Second Piano Concerto (both of them with Konstantin Scherbakov as the soloist), the symphonic poem Les préludes and Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture. The arts broadcaster arte presented a delayed relay of the concert.

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