Laureates and speakers, from left to right: Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann, Christoph Schaller, Prof. Dr. Pablo Pirnay-Dummer, Prof. Dr. Susanne Voigt-Zimmermann, Dr. Judith Marquardt Photo: Teresa Ramer-Wünsche

Award ceremony

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 10:00 a.m., Handel House, Chamber Music Hall

Musical introduction:

George Frideric Handel: Arias from the opera Serse (HWV 40)
Aria of Romilda “Se l`idol mio rapir mi vuoi” (I/14)
Aria of Amastre “Or che siete speranze tradite” (II/1)

Jiyoung Kim (Soprano)
Ming Xiao (alto)
(Students of the Institute for Music, Media and Speech Studies of the
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, class of Prof. Monika Köhler)

Daniel Spogis, piano (conductor of the Academic Orchestra of the Martin-Luther-
University of Halle-Wittenberg)

Welcome and introduction: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann


  • Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann (Minister for Science, Energy, Climate Protection and the Environment of Saxony-Anhalt)
  • Dr. Jürgen Fox (Chairman of the Board of Saalesparkasse)
  • Prof. Dr. Pablo Pirnay-Dummer, Prorector for Research and Teaching at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Voigt-Zimmermann (Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy II at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)
  • Dr. Judith Marquardt (Deputy Mayor for Culture and Sports of the City of Halle)

Wolfgang Hirschmann
Laudation of the laureate and awarding of the International Handel Research Prize 2023

Award winner Christoph Schaller Photo: Teresa Ramer-Wünsche

Lecture by the award winner Christoph Schaller
“A New Messiah in Augsburg. Handel in the Cycle of Canon, Work Constitution, and Musical Perception.”


International Handel Research Award 2023

In 2023, the Georg Friedrich Handel Society will award an International Research Prize for the sixth time to a young scholar who has distinguished himself/herself through outstanding research on the life and works of George Frideric Handel and has documented the results in a research paper. Research teams can also be awarded.

The Handel Research Prize is sponsored by the Saalesparkasse Foundation.

The prize is endowed with € 2,000.00 and includes a lecture by the prize winner at the scientific conference on the occasion of the Handel Festival in Halle (May 30-31, 2023).

Applications are open to graduates of musicology or related disciplines with their master’s, master’s, or doctoral thesis completed between 2020 and 2022, as well as scholars with equivalent research work. Excellent historical-critical editions may also be the subject of the award. The submitted papers can be written in German or English.

The application for the Handel Research Award is made with an application to the

Georg Friedrich Handel Society e. V., International Association
Great Nikolai Street 5
06108 Halle (Saale)

The informal application must be accompanied by the scientific paper (as a printout as well as in electronic form) and a short curriculum vitae including a description of the scientific career. Expert opinions can be submitted as well.

The deadline for entries is November 30, 2022 (postmark).

A jury appointed by the Saalesparkasse Foundation and the Georg Friedrich Handel Society will select the prize winner.

The Handel Research Prize will be awarded on the occasion of the Handel Festival 2023 during the scientific conference.

Halle (Saale), February 24, 2022

The tender for download

Research Award 2023 Call for Proposals [599KB/PDF]

Trade Research Prize 2023 [596KB/PDF]