Fatma Said wins European Culture Prize

Fatma Said © James Bort

The Egyptian soprano and Eisler graduate Fatma Said has been honoured with the European Cultural Award 2024. The prestigious prize was awarded to her during a gala concert at the Luxembourg Philharmonie and honours both her artistic work and her commitment as a mediator between different cultures.

Fatma Said completed her Bachelor's and Master's degree at the Eisler in Prof Renate Faltin's singing class. Her career as an internationally renowned opera singer began with her acceptance into the opera studio at La Scala in Milan. In 2016 she was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist in the UK, and in April 2021 she won the BBC Music Magazine Award in the categories "Newcomer" and "Vocal". She also received the Opus Klassik 2021 as "Young Artist of the Year" for her debut album "El Nour".

Her extensive concert and opera activities have already taken her to the major stages of Europe and the world: she has performed at the BBC Proms in London, in France with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Manial Palace Festival in Cairo and at the Shangyin Opera House in Shanghai. In the 2022/23 season, she was "Artist in Residence" at the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Vienna Konzerthaus. In addition to her musical activities, Fatma Said is committed to charitable causes and is involved in various projects, for example for climate protection, social justice and international respect for human rights.

The European Cultural Prize is awarded annually by the European Cultural Forum to individuals and institutions that have made a successful contribution to cultural life in Europe.

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