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November 20 , 2013

Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medals for György Kurtág and András Schiff

Composer György Kurtág and pianist András Schiff are both to receive one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious awards, the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal.

The medal, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding musicianship, was created in 1870 to commemorate the centenary of Beethoven's birth.

The Hungarian composer Kurtág, whose works have been recorded for ECM New Series by Kim Kashkashian, the Keller Quartett and others, will collect his award on Sunday 1 December at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London where he will perform a concert of his own music with his pianist wife Márta, including pieces from his Játékok cycle. Also appearing is violinist Hiromi Kikuchi, featured on the recording
Signs, Games and Messages.

His compatriot András Schiff will be presented with his medal on his 60th birthday – Saturday 21 December – when he performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Past RPS Gold Medal winners include Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Vladimir Horowitz, Janet Baker, Daniel Barenboim and Mitsuko Uchida.

The Royal Philharmonic Society, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, is a society for music professionals and music lovers.