According to the jury’s statement: “Gerhardt’s expressive readings combine masterful playing with tone that ranges from the feverish to the roughened, the slim and sometimes sharp-edged. Without eccentric gestures, his fluent, colourful playing bring rarely heard intensity to the composer’s dark-shaded sound world.”
Gerhardt has also been invited to play at the ICMA Award Ceremony and Gala taking place in June 2021 in Lichtenstein.
Congratulations also to Pablo Heras-Casado who has received theICMA of Artist of the Year award. Already recognised numerous times for his work as conductor, recording artist, cultural ambassador, both in Spain and abroad, for his native Granada and his services to music in general, and his work for the international charity Ayuda en Acción, he adds one more accolade to his list of achievements.
The award recognises his extensive and varied career, which “has shown great versatility in an unusually broad repertoire ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary creations”. The announcement also notes: “His collaborations with the world’s most important orchestras and ensembles, as well as his numerous recordings, place the young Spanish maestro among the most solid values on the international scene.”