Angela Hewitt awarded Wigmore Medal2:26, 29th June 2020
Angela Hewitt has been awarded the Wigmore Medal following her BBC Radio 3 broadcast recital on 25 June.
The medal was awarded in recognition of Hewitt’s international standing and contribution to Wigmore Hall, where she has given more than 80 performances since her Wigmore debut in 1985.
Hewitt said that receiving the medal was ‘one of the happiest moments of my life’. Paying tribute to Wigmore Hall, she described it as a place where audience members come ‘not only to be thrilled but to be educated’.
She added: ‘Under the leadership of John Gilhooly, the hall has expanded its reach and commitment in so many wonderful ways and is a model of what a recital and chamber music venue should be in this new decade. I feel deeply honoured to join the distinguished list of previous Wigmore Medal winners.’
Commenting on the award, Wigmore Hall artistic and executive director John Gilhoooly praised Hewitt for her ‘tireless curiosity, technical flair and an overriding sense of artistic integrity’.
Hewitt is one of the world’s leading pianists, known particularly for her interpretations of the music of JS Bach. Her award-winning Bach keyboard cycle for Hyperion Records has been described as ‘one of the record glories of our age’ (The Sunday Times). In 2015, Hewitt was inducted into Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Hall of Fame’, reflecting her popularity with music lovers around the world.