Christoph Eschenbach, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has been named 2015 recipient of the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. The official ceremony will take place May 31, 2015, at the Herkulessaal in Munich, primary venue of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his role at the National Symphony Orchestra, Eschenbach conducts the Orchestre National de France, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London and Vienna philharmonics, and other distinguished ensembles. His large discography includes a recent CD collection featuring his work as both conductor and pianist that was awarded a Grammy for Best Classical Compendium in 2014. The Siemens award, established in 1972, recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement; previous recipients include Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, and Mstislav Rostropovich. 

Posted February 3, 2015