Valery Gergiev

22 January 2018

AWARD’S REASON

In Appreciation of his Contribution to World Peace through the Exemplary Interpretation of Masterworks of Classical Music.

Valery Gergiev is a famous Russian Conductor, Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and Director of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.
At the occasion of a concert with the Munich Philharmonic on 22, January 2018 in Paris Anna Chromy had finally the opportunity to honor him with the Chromy Award 2017, a ceremony, which had been postponed several times in 2017.
After the UNESCO Peace Award in 2003, it was the second time that the Conductor was honored for his contribution to Peace in Europe and the World. It is our conscience, which makes us see beauty in life. Music goes directly to the part of our brain dealing with our feelings and our conscience. According to Ludwig van Beethoven, “music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy”.
Anna Chromy and the Directors of the Conscience Institute consider therefore that the popularity of Valery Gergiev in his homeland, combined with his huge following in Europe, put him in a unique position to work for the Peace on our continent. A big task for a large conscience. Biography