The first KAIROS laureate was the musicologist Albrecht Dümling from Berlin in 2007. Since 1990 he has been chairman of the musica reanimata society, which campaigns for the rediscovery of composers who were persecuted by the Nazis and whose works were ostracised.
Albrecht Dümling was honoured especially for his services in the field of musicology and as a mediator of rediscovered composers who had been persecuted during the Third Reich and their works. As an organiser of exhibitions, publicist, advisor, and long-standing chairman of the musica reanimata society, he has directed the attention of concert professionals towards unjustly forgotten artists, and made their works accessible for musical performance. The work of the society – research, archiving, concert organisation – is still ongoing, and deserves public support.
The prize-giving ceremony took place in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg on 28 January 2007.
About KAIROS Prize
The KAIROS Prize is honouring European artists and academics from the fields of the fine and the performing arts, music, architecture, design, film, photography, literature and journalism. The award is designed to be given to individuals for artistic achievements, but also to producers, festival directors, publishers or gallery owners and other personalities who give important impulses to art and culture in Europe. The KAIROS Prize is endowed with the amount of 75.000 € and aims to honour outstanding individuals working with entrepreneurial spirit, persistence and creativity in the field of European culture and intercultural understanding.
The prize is named after the Greek god KAIROS – the god for “the right moment” –as it seeks to encourage and promote people at “the right time in their career”. It is neither an award for life time achievement nor a singular project, but rather seeks to identify early achievement, special work in progress as well as potential for future sucess.
The KAIROS Prize is awarded annually in Hamburg by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. An independent committee decides on the awarding.
The current members of the committee are:
Christoph Stölzl (President Liszt School of Music, Weimar)
Christine Eichel (author and journalist)
Shermin Langhoff (artistic director Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin)
Heike Catherina Mertens (executive director Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House)
Monika Sandhack (ZDFkultur / 3Sat Kulturzeit)
Nike Wagner (artistic director Internationales Beethovenfest, Bonn)