In a ceremony on May 31st at the Knesset building in Jerusalem Adam Fischer was awarded the Wolf Prize in Music by the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin. The international prize committee praised him as an inspirational conductor and eloquent defender of human rights:
“His support of humanrights, and in particular, his protest against the political developments in his native Hungary, make him an artist of exemplary integrity - a quality that shapes his interpretations as well as the morality of his stance. The Wolf Foundationis proud to recognize in Ádám Fischer a musical leader beloved around the world, whose aspirations serve as an inspiration to us all.”
Since 1978, the prestigious prize has been awarded annually to outstanding artists and scientists in five different fields for their achievements for the benefit of mankind.
In his speech Adam Fischer announced that he would donate the prize money to the Hungarian Helsinki Commission.