VIENNA, May 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On Saturday, May 29, 2021, the Rotary Club Vienna-Ring awarded the prestigious Premio Leonardo da Vinci to Alma Deutscher, composer and piano and violin virtuoso, at the Palais Todesco which is next to the State Opera House in Vienna.
Alma Deutscher is 16 years old and has already composed a full-length opera “Cinderella”, a piano concerto and a violin concerto. She has lived in Vienna since 2018, and has been inspired here to write compositions such as her original Siren Sound Waltz.
The award was handed over to Alma Deutscher by Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian Parliament, himself a practicing musician and a Rotarian. Laudators were the Director of the Vienna State Opera, Mr. Bogdan Roščić, and Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
The Premio Leonardo da Vinci is awarded by 11 European Rotary clubs to young artists or scientists. The only condition is that the laureate must not be older than 35.
Premio President Wulf Gordian Hauser said: “At the age of 16, Alma Deutscher is the youngest prize winner ever in the 46-year history of the Premio. We wanted to honor Alma Deutscher’s exceptional talent and express what a joy it is for Austria that Alma Deutscher’s family has moved to Vienna.”
In addition to the Vienna-Ring club, the Rotary clubs that award the annual prize are Florence, Athens, Tours, Madrid, London, Dublin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Würzburg and Copenhagen. In most cases, these are the oldest Rotary clubs in each country. The annual prize of €12,000 is endowed by all eleven clubs together.
Premio President Wulf Gordian Hauser commented: “The Premio Leonardo da Vinci is a good example of the Rotarian idea of helping, in this case by supporting young artists and scientists. It’s especially important that this is a very European project which includes our friends from the UK.”
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