About the Project
Montblanc has been awarding the PRIX Montblanc to talented up-and-coming instrumentalists every year since 2006. The PRIX Montblanc is worth €10,000 and also includes the award of the Montblanc Donation Pen Johannes Brahms. With this exceptional fountain pen edition, Montblanc is highlighting Brahms' commitment to promoting the arts and his conscientious approach to supporting entire generations of budding young artists. Montblanc is donating money from the sale of each Montblanc Donation Pen Johannes Brahms Edition to promote new cultural and artistic projects.
The first musician to be awarded the PRIX Montblanc was Tianwa Yang, named by the Detroit News as "the most important new violinist to come on the scene in many a year." In 2007, the jury chaired by Hélène Grimaud awarded the prize to pianist Natasha Paremski. The Russian musician has since performed on all the major concert stages across America, Europe and Asia.
In 2008, Joshua Bell and his jury awarded the prize to violinist Alina Ibragimova, who according to The Times was "destined to be a force in the classical music firmament for decades to come." Pianist Nikolai Tokarev, "one of the most remarkable young artists on the big international concert platforms" (Frankfurter Rundschau), was honoured with the PRIX Montblanc in 2009, and in 2010, 13-year-old child prodigy Zhang Shengliang from China, nicknamed Niu Niu ("little ox"), was presented with the award as a future star pianist in the world of classical music. Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan was honoured with the award in 2011. This multi-award-winning musician had already performed with the world's most renowned orchestras and captivated audiences worldwide.