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Artiste étoile

Isabel Mundry

Ragna Schirmer is "politically one of the country's smartest, most circumspect and energetic artists" (FAZ) and will be Artiste étoile at the Mozartfest 2023. Ragna Schirmer has already presented herself in Würzburg in recent years as an artist who is virtuosic, committed and questioning in equal measure. Whether as a soloist alongside renowned orchestras, as a chamber music partner, in a moderated piano recital or on the podium of discussion rounds and lectures - the 2023 Artiste étoile will explore the fascination of Mozart in an intensive and diverse way.

She is appreciated by the public and the specialist press equally not just for her wide-ranging repertoire, from Johann Sebastian Bach's great piano cycles to contemporary compositions. The artist is also distinguished by her dramaturgical sensitivity, with which she repeatedly places famous works in new, surprising contexts. With sensitivity and lightness, with elegance and determination, she illuminates the works in detail with her nuanced interpretations.

Ragna Schirmer's artistic work and her special commitment have been honoured many times, so far she is the only artist to have repeatedly received the Bach Prize of the City of Leipzig and the ECHO Klassik. For her commitment to the field of cultural policy, Ragna Schirmer was honoured with the Saxony-Anhalt State Music Prize in November 2020 and most recently with the Order of Merit of the State of Saxony-Anhalt in November 2022.

»"This takes courage,  but that I have"«

Ragna Schirmer