Winner in the Music Category Together with Paul McCartney
On 12 February 2018, the renowned Wolf Foundation in Jerusalem, Israel announced the 2018 winners of its Wolf Prize. Among them is Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer, honorary member of the Vienna State Opera, head conductor of the Düsseldorf Symphony, mdw graduate, and founder of the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra in Eisenstadt.
The Wolf Foundation’s public statement on its choice of Fischer acknowledges his outstanding lifetime achievement as an artist as well as his social commitment as an eloquent advocate of human rights: he resigned as head of the Hungarian State Opera in 2010 as an act of protest against the dictatorial cultural policies of Hungary’s Fidesz party government.
Fisher was nominated at the recommendation of the mdw. After Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta, he is the third former student of Hans Swarovsky to be honoured with the Wolf Prize. The award ceremony will take place on 31 May 2018 at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, and the prize money of $100,000 will be shared by Fischer with Paul McCartney, his co-winner in the music category.