July 07, 2015

Salut Salon honoured with a major Hamburg award for arts and philanthropy

The Hamburg quartet receive the keys to the city in recognition of their musical gifts and charitable work.

Hamburg-based piano quartet Salut Salon has been awarded one of the city's greatest honours in a ceremony this week.

Angelika Bachmann (violin), Iris Siegfried (violin and vocals), Anne-Monika von Twardowski (piano) and Sonja Lena Schmid (cello) have been appointed Honorary Guards of the Alster Canal Locks ('Ehren-Alster-Schleusenanwärter' for short!) in recognition of their musical achievements as well as their music education and charitable programs in the community.

The Medal of Honor has been awarded since 1981 to the the sons and daughters of Hamburg who serve as ambassadors to the city throughout the world. Gerd Spiekermann from the Committee of Honorary Guards of the Alster Canal Locks presented the award and said the quartet was chosen not only for its extraordinary rise to international stardom, but also for its philanthropy.

At just 20 years of age, Angelika and Iris co-founded the children's orchestra Cool Strings. In 2003 they became mentors of the Escuela Popular de Artes in Chile, a music school in the slum area Achupallas in the city of Viña del Mar. The ladies of Salut Salon have proven fierce fundraisers, gathering more than €500,000 for their charitable projects through donations made at their concerts. The foursome is constantly challenging traditional attitudes towards classical music and bringing new audiences into the concert hall through their high-energy, engaging and surprising performances.