Culture scholarships Year: 2021
“I have never understood the idea of keeping knowledge to myself. If I learn something new and exciting, I immediately want to share it with others, to pass it on. I, myself have had the privilege of experiencing that kind of generosity from my teachers, mentors and colleagues. Now it’s my turn.”
There are many star sopranos on the international music arena and many conductors at the absolute top level. But, there is definitely only one Barbara Hannigan. Conductor/sopranos are a rarity. For most of her career, this year’s music scholar, the Canadian born, multi talented Barbara Hannigan, has focused on 20th century composers and contemporary classical music. She has collaborated with countless conductors, orchestras, opera houses and composers, and has on numerous occasions been honoured with music written directly for her. Barbara Hannigan’s commitment and interest in a new generation of musicians and singers has led her to create two successful international mentoring programs: Equilibrium Young Artists and Momentum: Our Future, Now.
The Canadian soprano and conductor, Barbara Hannigan, has attracted new listeners to classical and contemporary music with her unique combination of virtuosity, scenic charisma and artistic courage. For a new generation of singers and musicians, she is not only a role model, but also an active and generous co-creator through her two mentor projects Equilibrium Young Artists and Momentum: Our Future, Now.
Hannigan’s repertoire is impressive. She has premiered over 80 new works, many composed directly for her. In Gothenburg, she has made a strong impact with several stunning programs including, among other things, performances of Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progress and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Suite, where she also conducts and sings. Since 2019, she is Principal Guest Conductor at the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
For innovative interpretations, uncompromising commitment and an artistry in constant development, Barbara Hannigan is awarded a 2021 scholarship from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.