On 3 April 2011, the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation has bestowed the contrabassist Roman Patkoló with the "Aida Stucki Award", worth 10,000 euros. With this newly established promotional award, the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation honours outstanding young musicians with a special artistic traditional relationship to the violinist and teacher Aida Stucki. "No other musician than Roman Patkoló came into question as the first award winner", says Anne-Sophie Mutter. "His musicality and virtuosity on the contrabass are unparalleled. He is leading this instrument into a new era."
Roman Patkoló (left), proud holder of the Aida Stucki Prize 2011, with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Douglas Sheldon (CAMI), American Concert Manager and Member of the Mutter Foundation Artistic Advisory Board.
Roman Patkoló, born in Zilina in Slovakia in 1982, began his studies at the Munich University of Music in 1997 and completed them with the Master Class Diploma in 2005. Since February 2005, Roman Patkoló is the acting solo contrabassist at the Zurich Opera House. In 2006, he began his teaching activities at the Munich Music Academy and has held a professorship there since 2007. As a soloist, Roman Patkoló has also performed in Boston, Indianapolis, Lucerne, Basle, St. Petersburg and Moscow as well as together with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Together with the contrabass quartet "Bassiona Amorosa", he celebrates great success worldwide with this unusual constellation.
Since 1999, Roman Patkoló is promoted by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, which has meanwhile also expanded the narrow original repertoire for contrabass by three composition assignments: Sir André Previn wrote a concerto for violin, contrabass and orchestra which celebrated its world premiere on 19 April 2007 under the baton of the composer with soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Roman Patkoló with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston (a recording of which was published on CD by "Deutsche Grammophon". The "Duo concertante for Violin and Contrabass" by Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed for the first time in Hanover on 9 March 2011 and Anne-Sophie Mutter will give life to the "Dyade" by Wolfgang Rihm for violin and contrabass together with Roman Patkoló on 3 April.
The Aida Stucki Award
The Aida Stucki reward is named after the Swiss violinist and violin teacher of the same name. She was one of Professor Carl Flesch's last students and, after her solo career at the Zurich University of Arts, trained two generations of violinists - anchoring Flesch's epoch-making knowledge in the future. Her most famous student is Anne-Sophie Mutter: "Aida Stucki is my guiding star in every respect - an incomparable violinist, a noble human being and a fantastic woman."
With this new sponsorship award, the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation honours outstanding, upcoming string soloists, who follow the strong traditional line of Aida Stucki and thus of the European playing and educational tradition. The future presentation of the Aida Stucki Award worth 10,000 euros is not bound to a fixed rotation but is decided by the Foundation.