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Alma received the Premio Leonardo
On May 29, 2021, in a ceremony in Vienna, Alma received the Rotary Leonardo da Vinci International Award, given jointly by 11 Rotary clubs across Europe. Premio President Wulf Gordian Hauser said: “At 16, Alma Deutscher is the youngest prize winner ever in the 46-year history of the Premio.” Speeches in Alma's honour were given by Bogdan Roščić, director of the Vienna State Opera; Alexander Schallenberg, Austrian Foreign Minister; and Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian Parliament, who also handed her over the generous prize. Details here.
First publication of Sheet Music
I have an exciting announcement to make! For some years now, many people have asked me when my compositions would be published and when they would be available to purchase. Well, it turns out this is more difficult and complex than what people realize, and so it has taken a very long time even to get started. But I'm now extremely happy to announce that a book of my com-positions has just been published by the distinguished publishers G. Schirmer. It's a book of piano pieces, and it contains all the pieces that appear on my Sony album, From My Book of Melodies. It's now available in print from these shops (USA or USA, UK, Europe), and it's also available for digital download. I hope you will enjoy playing my compositions!
Standing ovation for Cinderella in Salzburg
On May 26, 2021, a reduced "Corona-version" of Alma's opera Cinderella received its deferred premiere at the Salzburg State Theatre, and was greeted with standing ovation! The full version of the newly revised opera will premiere in December 2021 at the State Theatre.
Alma to write new opera for Salzburg
The director of the Salzburg State Theatre, Carl Philip von Maldeghem, announced in January that a new opera has been commissioned from Alma Deutscher: "The Emperor's New Waltz". The premiere is planned for 2022. "The opera will be a romantic comedy, and I'm looking forward to developing and setting a new story" said Deutscher. "Already the first performance of the Siren Sounds waltz in Salzburg at the New Year's Eve concert has shown that Alma Deutscher developed a very own sound language", said director Maldeghem. "We are excited to see her new composition in Salzburg and to take the path of creative development with her." Photo: SBG LTH22
Standing ovations at Carnegie Hall for Alma's concert on December 12, 2019. The concert was dedicated to Alma's own composition, and included her her new concert waltz: Siren Sounds, her violin concerto, her piano concerto (with Alma as soloist in both), and highlights from Alma’s opera Cinderella. Find out more, and watch the whole concert here.
In October 2019, Alma received the European Culture Prize in a ceremony at the Vienna State Opera. After thanking baritone Thomas Hampson for his generous words of praise, Alma made a plea for melody and for harmony in the modern world. Video here.
Photo © Johannes Zinner.
Beijing Music Festival's
Young Musician Award 2019
On October 12, 2019, Alma received the Beijing Music Festival’s Young Musician Award 2019.
Photo © BMF
Rotkreuz Ball in Vienna opened with Alma's waltz
On November 22, 2019, a short dance-version of Alma’s new Waltz, Siren Sounds, was played and choreographed during the opening ceremony of the Red Cross Ball (Rotkreuzball) in Vienna. Alma also danced during the opening ceremony. All proceeds from the ball go to the Red Cross.
Photo (c) Wiener Rotkreuzball