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Research Prize 2019

The 4th International Handel Research Prize was awarded to the English musicologist

Dr. Natassa Varka and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann (Photo © Patricia Reese)

Dr Natassa Varka (Cambridge)

for her thesis

“Charles Jennens’s collection of Handel’s sacred oratorios from Saul to Jephtha: sources, contexts, and revisions”

The laudation for the prizewinner was held by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann, Professor of Historical Musicology at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and President of the International Handel Society.

Award ceremony on Monday, 3 June 2019

The International Handel Research Prize 2019 will be presented at the opening of the International Academic Conference. Admission is free, interested persons are welcome.

Place and time: Händel-Haus, Kammermusiksaal, 10.00-12.00 a.m.

Musical opening:

Arias from operas by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
“V’adoro, pupille”, aria of Cleopatra from Giulio Cesare in Egitto (HWV 17)
“Mi lusinga il dolce affetto”, Arie des Ruggiero from Alcina (HWV 34)
“Lascia ch’io pianga”, aria of the Almirena from Rinaldo (HWV 7)

Teresa Winkler, Soprano
Jasmin Berger, Soprano
Hector Estuardo Hernandez Villatoro, Piano
(Students of the department for Music Pedagogy at the Institute for Music, Media and
Speech Studies of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)

Welcome and introduction:
Wolfgang Hirschmann ( Halle)


Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann, Minister für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitalisierung
des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt

Prof. Dr. Robert Fajen, Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät II der Martin-Luther-
Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Jürgen Fox, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Saalesparkasse

Laudation for the prizewinner:
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann (Halle)

Award of the International Handel Research Prize 2019

Lecture by the prizewinner

International Handel Research Prize 2019 – Call for proposals

In 2019 the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft is to award for the fourth time an International Handel Research Prize to a young scholar who has completed a research project on the life or work of George Frideric Handel and has presented the results in a formal research document. Research teams also may apply.

The International Handel Research prize is sponsored by the Foundation of the Saalesparkasse. It is valued at €2000 and entails the presentation of a paper to be read by the prize-winner at the scholarly conference to be held during the annual Handel Festival in Halle an der Saale (3–5 June 2019).

Applications may be made by graduates in musicology or related disciplines who have completed their Master’s or Doctoral studies (or equivalent research) between 2016 and 2018. Historical-critical editions may also be submitted for the prize. Studies in English or German language are accepted.

Applications for the International Handel Research Prize should be sent by 30 November 2018 (postmark) to the:

Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft e.V.
Internationale Vereinigung
Grosse Nikolaistrasse 5
D-06108 Halle (Saale)

The application must include the scholarly work undertaken (in printed and in electronic form) and be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae and an account of the applicant’s career.  Reports can be enclosed.

The selection of the prize-winner will be made by a panel from the Foundation of the Saalesparkasse and the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft. The prize will be presented at Halle in June 2019, during the scholarly conference of the Halle Handel Festival.

Halle (Saale), 19th Jan 2018

Download the call for proposals: Handel Research Prize 2019  [36KB/pdf]

Download the call for proposals:

Händel-Forschungspreis 2019 [39KB/pdf]

Handel Research Prize 2019 [36KB/pdf]