"Ian Stoutzker Prize in Memory Of Yehudi Menuhin" to Thomas Reif & David Eggert

Press release
In memory of violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, the University Mozarteum Salzburg invites you to a special event on January 27, 2012 - the awarding of the "Ian Stoutzker Prize in Memory of Yehudi Menuhin" to violinist Thomas Reif (class Harald Herzl) and cellist David Eggert (class Clemens Hagen).
The two "String Players of the Year" from the Mozarteum University will be honored at the event and will perform works from their repertoire (see above). The sponsor of the highly endowed award is the successful British businessman and philanthropist Ian Stoutzker, who was a friend of Yehudi Menuhin and founded the organization LIVE MUSIC NOW together with him in 1977. David Eggert is a Canadian cellist who combines an innovative approach to traditional repertoire with a determined commitment to contemporary musical creations. Solo performances in Europe and North America identify the Salzburg native as an emerging talent. David Eggert won among others the 1st prize and five special prizes at the International Cello Competition "Antonio Janigro" in Zagreb. At the  Naumburg Cello Competition in New York he was awarded an honorary prize. Thomas Reif, violinist from Rosenheim, has been a regular participant in master classes and a young student at the Mozarteum University since 2004, initially with Bruno Steinschaden and from 2005 with Harald Herzl. In 2006 he was accepted by the Leopold Mozart Institute for the Promotion of High Talent. Thomas Reif has already received several prizes at music competitions, including 1st prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, 1st prize at the Mozarteum's Ruggiero Ricci Competition and 2nd prize at the European Competition for Young Violin Students in Gorizia.