BRUSSELS (EJP)---Belgian violist Michael Guttman was awarded the prestigious 2012 Scopus Prize from the Belgian Friends of the University of Jerusalem.
He will receive the prize from Professor Jacques Brotchi, who himself received the 2008 prize, at a special ceremony to be held in Brussels on November 20.
The Scopus Prize aims to strengthen the reputation of the University of Jerusalem and increase financial donations to it, most notably to help facilitate the building of a Belgian Optogenetic Research Laboratory, as part of the Edmond and Lily Safra Brain Research Centre.
A world-renowned violinist, soloist, conductor and music festival director, Michael Guttman is as exceptional artist who sponsors young aspiring musicians, notably at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel in Brussels, and has supported the University of Jerusalem and its “European Friends of” association for number of years.
Promoted by his late mentor Isaac Stern, Guttman studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy Delay, the Juilliard Quartet and Felix Galimir.
He was lauded by US daily New York Times for his “incredible wealth of colourful sounds and his tone of fusional beauty” and has been described by Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post as being the “Chagall of violinists”.
He has placed in the world’s great venues, from the Barbican Centre in London, to the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Pleyel Hall in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Bunko Kaikan in Tokyo.
Michael Guttman is regularly invited to perform at festivals the world over, from Europe to the US and Asia.
Principal invited head of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, leader of the Arriago Quartet and the Michael Guttman Tango Quartet, he is also the founder and artistic director of the Pietrasanta in Concerto, a very well-respected music festival in Tuscany.
In his role as conductor, he has worked with acclaimed artists such as Martha Argerich, James Galway and Richard Stolztman.
For information on the Scopus Prize: www.scopus 2012.be or call 00 32 (0) 2 343 55 46