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13th February, 2018

Fischer shares prize with McCartney

Conductor Ádám Fischer has won the Israeli Wolf Prize for music together with Beatle legend Paul McCartney, it was announced yesterday.

Fischer is the second Hungarian musician to receive the prize after György Ligeti.

The prize-givers are awarding Fischer for his work as conductor of the Vienna State Opera, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and others, as well as for his political activism. Fischer is a member of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

The prize is awarded by the Wolf Foundation with the co-operation of the Israeli government in nine categories annually.

The awards will be presented in the Knesset in late May. McCartney and Fischer will split a $100,000 prize.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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