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Special Prize Jury


David Robert Coleman

David Robert ColemanDavid Robert Coleman studied piano, conducting and composition at the Royal College of Music in London and musicology at the King’s College in Cambridge (he wrote his dissertation about Alban Berg‘s ›Altenberg-Lieder‹). He received further compositional instruction from George Benjamin in London and from Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Ensembles across the world, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the SWR-Sinfonieorchester, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra have commissioned works from David Robert Coleman. During the opening festivities of the ›Opernfestspiele München‹ in 2007, his chamber music arrangement of Bloch’s ›Shelomo‹ was performed at the Jewish Cultural Center. Coleman conducted the world premiere of his composition ›Ibergang‹ for clarinet and orchestra with the hr-Sinfonieorchester in 2012.

As a guest conductor, David Robert Coleman has worked with ensembles such as the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the SWR-Sinfonieorchester, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Ensemble Modern, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Between 2006 and 2009, Coleman was Assistant Music Director and conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 2010, he transferred to the Berlin State Opera, where he conducted ›Metanoia‹ by Jens Joneleit, Toshio Hosokawa’s ›Matsukaze‹ in a production by Sasha Waltz, and Igor Stravinsky’s ›The Rake’s Progress‹.

In a new production of Alban Berg’s ›Lulu‹ at the Berlin State Opera, Coleman’s new instrumentation of the third act was premiered by Daniel Barenboim. During the 2014/15 season, Coleman conducted ›Candide‹ and ›Footfalls/Neither‹ at the Berlin State Opera, as well as ›Matsukaze‹ in Berlin and in Lille. His children’s opera ›Hans Im Glück‹ (Hans in Luck) was premiered in December 2014 in Berlin.

In 2014, Naxos released a CD with works by David Robert Coleman.

  (Status 2015, Source: David Robert Coleman)


Harald Eggebrecht

Dr. Harald Eggebrecht was born in 1946 in Helmstedt. He studied literature, musicology, and art history in Munich and Berlin. Between 1981 and 1987, he held the position of culture editor at the NDR. Today, he works as a freelance author for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and other publications. He is a member of several literature panels (among them the Publisher’s Award of the State Capitol of Munich) and music competitions (among them the Louis Spohr Competition Weimar, the Klassik Preis Österreich – GRADUS AD PARNASSUM, the ARD Competition Munich, and the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover). He is highly sought-after as a lecturer on music (Heidelberg Spring, Nymphenberg Summer, and others). Eggebrecht is the author of a number of publications on literature, arts, and music (topics include Goethe, Karl May, Sergiu Celibidache, Henri Rousseau, and Philipp Otto Runge). His books ›Große Geiger‹ (Great Violinists) and ›Große Cellisten‹ (Great Cellists) are among the standard works of music literature.

  (Status 2015, Source: Harald Eggebrecht)


Volker Hagedorn

Volker HagedornVolker Hagedorn was born in 1961. He is a journalist and musician living in Northern Germany. Hagedorn studied viola in Hannover, worked as culture editor for the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung and as a music editor for the Leipziger Volkszeitung. Since 1996, he works as a freelance journalist for DIE ZEIT as well as several radio stations, newspapers, and magazines. In 2006, he became editor-in-chief of the 20-volume ZEIT Klassik Edition. He drafted the Mozart and Karajan editions of the journal ZEIT Geschichte. In 2012, ›Mann, Frau, Affe‹, a collection of columns written by Hagedorn, was released by the publisher Zu Klampen. Hagedorn is a member of the chamber music jury of the ›Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik‹. In addition to his work as a journalist, he is involved in music theater projects such as Salon Wittgenstein, which premiered at the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker 2011. As a violist interested in baroque performance practice, Hagedorn has taken part in several CD recordings.

  (Status 2015, Source: Volker Hagedorn)


Heather Kurzbauer

KurzbauerHeather Kurzbauer served as Corresponding Editor for the Strad Magazine (London) for over two decades and publishes extensively for international journals and newspapers. She holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the University of Amsterdam. Ms. Kurzbauer is an active blogger for

Combining academic disciplines with music at the professional level, Heather Kurzbauer is privileged to hold the position of Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam and performed in the 1st violin section of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic for over two decades.

A welcome guest at music festivals and competitions worldwide, Ms. Kurzbauer appears regularly on radio and television and presents pre-concert talks on subjects bridging the arts and politics. Heather Kurzbauer is a recipient of the Hijmans Scholarship for PhD research 2014-2015 for comparative studies on orchestral industrial relations on both sides of the Atlantic.

  (Status 2015, Source: Heather Kurzbauer)


Rainer Wagner

Rainer Wagner was born in 1948 in Bamberg and studied musicology, theater studies and German studies in Erlangen. He started his career with a traineeship position at the Deutsche Journal-istenschule in Munich. Afterward, he worked as a freelancer for radio stations, daily newspapers and a number of specialized journals. In 1978, he began working at the ›Hannoverschen Allgemeinen Zeitung‹. For the next 35 years, he shaped the newspaper’s coverage of arts and culture in his posi-tion as culture reporter, culture editor, and music editor. Additionally, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media for six years.

As a journalist, Rainer Wagner has accompanied the ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competi-tion Hannover‹ from the very beginning. In 2009 and 2012, he was a member and the speaker of the Jury of Critics.

  (Status 2015, Source: Rainer Wagner)