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2013 ECF Princess Margriet Award

19 Mar 2013

The 2013 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture went to conductor Yoel Gamzou and Romanian visual artists Dan and Lia Perjovschi during a ceremony held in Brussels on 19 March 2013.

“Any culture is only of relevance and substance when it constantly evolves.” — Yoel Gamzou

Selection process

The 2013 ECF Princess Margriet Award laureates were selected from a list of 40 nominations. Each year the European Cultural Foundation invites a changing network of experts across wider Europe to make nominations following the award guidelines. The jury reviewed dozens of submissions and made their final selection in Amsterdam on 23-24 August 2012.

2013 Award Jury


The 2013 award ceremony was hosted by the European Cultural Foundation ‘s Director Katherine Watson while HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands – who was the European Cultural Foundation ‘s committed patron for 24 years – presented the award at the Egg in Brussels.

The laureates received prize money of €50,000 between them, as well as unique awards crafted by sound artist Nathalie Bruys, who took the day, time and place of birth for each laureate and used a special software programme to create a unique sound frequency that was translated into a tuning fork and a specially engraved resonance box.

HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium attended the ceremony alongside HRH Princess Margriet and HRH Princess Laurentien and other notable guests.

The award ceremony included a film portrait by the Perjovschis made specially for the occasion, as well as a film following Yoel Gamzou at a music workshop in Hamburg, and a musical performance of Bach’s Chaconne by Afonso Fesch.

The jury and invited speakers praised the laureates for their vision and their contribution to European culture. The jury statement was read by jury member Els vand der Plas.

Duke University Professor of Art Kristine Stiles, who has worked with the Perjovschis for the past 20 years, introduced the couple in her laudation: Rob Riemen, Dutch cultural philosopher and Director of the Nexus Institute, praised Yoel Gamzou in a speech read by Jury member Christian Esch.

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