The Hallé is delighted to announce that German pianist Elisabeth Brauss will be the recipient of the 2021 Terence Judd–Hallé Award. The award commemorates the work and tragically short life of Terence Judd, a remarkable talent who passed away in 1979 at the age of 22.

After the establishment of a trust in his name, the award has been presented in association with the Hallé since 1982, initially every two years and more recently every three years. In 2021, the award has re-launched as an annual partnership with the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme to support the development of an outstanding young pianist. BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists helps to support young musicians on the threshold of an international career to reach the next stage of their development. It brings some of the world’s most promising new talent to listeners across the UK through BBC Radio 3 broadcasts.

Each year, one of the young pianists on the New Generation Artists scheme will be selected by the BBC to become a recipient of The Terence Judd–Hallé Award. The award will give the winner further career development and some wonderful professional opportunities, including:

  • A concerto performance with the Hallé, either at The Bridgewater Hall or another UK venue, potentially broadcast on BBC Radio 3
  • A chamber recital with Hallé musicians, as part of the new Chamber Series at Hallé St Peter’s
  • A solo recital as part of the Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Series at The Bridgewater Hall
  • A cash prize of £7,000

Elisabeth Brauss said of winning the award: “Receiving The Terence Judd-Hallé Award is a great joy and honour. I am so grateful to the BBC for having selected me as the recipient, and indeed for all the opportunities that I have had as a member of the NGA scheme. As I embark on the next stage in my career, it is wonderful to be given this chance to continue working regularly in the UK, particularly with such renowned musicians.  I’m very much looking forward to our collaboration, which I’m sure will be an exciting one!”

Sir Mark Elder said: “I warmly congratulate Elisabeth in winning this distinguished award. It was first presented to Stephen Hough in 1982, and I have no doubt that Elisabeth’s career will develop and flourish in the same way as her eminent predecessors. I look forward to working with her, and to following her future success.”


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