The 2022 Fanny Mendelssohn Scholarship was awarded to a violin-piano duo composed of Dorothee Schulpius (violin) and Jelizaveta Vasilijeva (piano). The couple met while studying at the Musikhochschule Lübeckand have been working together since 2018.
The grant is awarded each year to one or more musicians under the age of 25, to help them record a first album based on an original concept. It is hoped that the prize, which amounts to €10,000, will facilitate the production of a creative and innovative recording, which would otherwise not be likely to receive commercial support.
The duo’s winning concept is titled “#Wunderkammer” and traces the influence of various media on classical music during the 20th century.
The entire repertoire begins with Kreisler and Kurt Weill and ends with a new work by Jonathan Heckentitled Internet. The duo considered the impact of several different types of media, including radio, film and the internet, and they impressed the judges by incorporating spoken communication into their musical performances.
The jury, chaired by Professor Dieter Rexroth, also includes Ursula Haselböck, Martin Hoffmeister, Sarah Kesting, Christina Khosrowi and Alexander Krichel.