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“Pro Arte European Award” for Maestro Zubin Mehta

1 AUG 2013

published in: General

Dr. Erhard Busek, Zubin Mehta, Prof. Dr. Dr. Herbert Batliner, Rudolf Buchbinder (Photo: Silvia Lelli)
After a musical prologue, Dr. Erhard Busek, President of the Herbert Batliner European Institute, and Alexander Pereira welcomed the guests at the Haus für Mozart. A speech in praise of Maestro Mehta was delivered by the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Official Statement of the Jury:
The decision to award this prize to Zubin Mehta is based on the fact that he is from India, and his upbringing and religious roots symbolise the diversity of this subcontinent. This diversity becomes apparent in music. In his services to European culture and to Israel’s cultural life he has shown that understanding through music, which speaks its own language, is particularly close to his heart.
The Pro Arte European Award of the Herbert Batliner European Institute serves to overcome boundaries in culture, not just within Europe, but also in the relations of this old continent to other parts of our world. It is a signal for the fact that a person’s roots are not decisive, while outstanding qualitative achievements are – Europe has won much through Zubin Mehta, and has much to learn from him.

At this year’s Salzburg Festival, Maestro Zubin Mehta conducts not only the opera Falstaff, but also a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic featuring Mozart and Mahler on its programme.