Sarah Aristidou Wins the Belmont Prize

By Francisco Salazar

The French-Cypriot soprano Sarah Aristidou has received the Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music.

The soprano will receive €20,000 from the Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung.

The Prize is a music award named after the place of destiny in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” The Munich-based Forberg Schneider Foundation seeks to promote outstanding achievements in the field of contemporary music and biennially-awards prizes endowed with €20,000 and is one of Europe’s highest endowed awards for artistic creation.

Past winners include Jörg Widmann, Florent Boffard, Carolin Widmann, Quatuor Ébène, Alex Ross, and Florian Weber, among others.

Aristidou has performed at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Oper Frankfurt, The Royal Danish Opera and Malmo Opera, among others. She was most recently awarded the Luitpold Prize for outstanding performance of a newcomer at the Kissinger Sommer Festival.