The young violinist María Dueñas in the Arts and Letters category, awarded the Princess of Girona Award, met this Friday with the rest of the 2023 winners at an event at the CaixaForum Macaya. “It is a recognition of classical music that I hope will encourage young people to dedicate themselves to music and play an instrument,” said the Andalusian performer who has lived in Vienna for years. The CEO and Founder of Child Care Network kidogo, Sabrina Habib, has been the last winner announced this Friday in the International category. The rest of the winners are the founder of the entity palliative art, Silvia Fernandez has been distinguished with the Social award, the aeronautical engineer Rafael Jorda company founder Open Cosmoswhich manufactures satellites and puts them into orbit, has won the Company award and the researcher Marc Schneebergerspecialized in the functioning of the nervous system that controls energy balance and metabolism, with the Scientific Research award.
Between Canada and Africa
“I want to create a world in which all children have the same opportunities,” said Habib, a Canadian of African origin responsible for the “largest” child care network in Kenya who spoke this Friday at the event by videoconference after the Award decision announced by the president of the jury of the Princess of Girona Foundation International Award, Pedro Alons. She has been the only one of the winners who has connected remotely with those present at the event in which the president of the Princess of Girona Foundation, Francisco Belil, and the general director, Salvador Tasqué, have participated.
“It’s the first prize I’ve received from the Royal House. The only one I’ve been given in Spain is ‘El Ojo Crítico'”
Beyond focusing on the work of young game changers, creators and visionaries, the awards aim to boost their careers and inspire others to follow their example. Maria Duenasthat this year he will debut at the Proms and wears a impressive career at only 20 years old. At 11 he went to Dresden (Germany) with his family to continue his studies and currently resides in Vienna (Austria). Born in Granada, she is proud to have won an award in her country. “I’m very excited. It’s the first I’ve received from the Royal House. The only one I’ve been given in Spain is ‘El Ojo Crítico’,” commented the interpreter who in 2021 he won the prestigious Menuhin Contest and the Audience Award.
“I am very happy with it because it is not only a recognition for me but for the entire world of classical music that is still not sufficiently recognized in our country. I hope that the award will serve to encourage the next generations of performers”. That has declared the Spanish interpreter who shines internationally and who has already performed in the best halls. this january debuted at the legendary Musikverrein in Vienna interpreting with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major’, conducted by Manfred Honeck. In Barcelona she has acted in the Auditorium and the Palace of Musicwhere it will return next year as a soloist with the LA Phil directed by Gustavo Dudamel.