2013 - Ni Fan
On October 30th Montblanc honoured the 24-years-old Chinese percussionist Ni Fan with the PRIX Montblanc 2013 prior a gala concert at the Concert Hall at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. The PRIX Montblanc jury comprising of Prof Justus Frantz, Prof Li Biao and Prof Jürgen Christ joined by German anchor-man and classical music enthusiast Thomas Gottschalk, actress Andie MacDowell and Mr. Lutz Bethge, Vice Chairman Montblanc Cultural Foundation. The winner of the PRIX Montblanc received a prize of €10,000 along with the Montblanc Donation Pen Johannes Brahms, a special edition fountain pen. A part of the sales of the Montblanc Donation Pen Johannes Brahms Edition is donated by Montblanc in order to promote and encourage new cultural and artistic projects worldwide.
Musician Ni Fan has outstanding performance skills and her exceptional musicality impressed a distinguished panel of leading performers and music experts. Ni Fan received her first piano lesson at the age of four and started percussion lessons aged ten. A child prodigy, she studied percussion at The Middle School in Beijing from 2001 to 2007 and gained a bachelor’s degree under Prof Biao Li ahead of time with honours. Between 2007 and 2010, Ni Fan won China’s national stipendium on two occasions and was the timpani soloist in the China Youth Symphony Orchestra before embarking on a master’s degree at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin.