Kennedy Center Awards Gold Medal in the Arts to Four Hungarian Artists

Ambassador Cornstein, Ivan Fischer, Eva Marton, Deborah F. Rutter, Ádám Fischer, Tünde Mózes-Szitha of Editio Musica Budapest (accepted the medal on behalf of Mr. Kurtág), and Stepánka and Karel Komárek (Embassy photo by Attila Németh)

Ambassador and Mrs. David Cornstein were honored to host the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts awards ceremony at their residence on June 18, 2019.

At the festive event, Ms. Deborah F. Rutter, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, presented Gold Medals to four extraordinary Hungarian artists: conductor Ádám Fischer, conductor Ivan Fischer, pianist and composer György Kurtág, and soprano Eva Marton.

The ceremony took place in front of an audience of distinguished representatives of Hungarian arts and music life.  Stepánka and Karel Komárek, Co-Chairs of the Kennedy Center International Committee of the Arts were also present.  The performance of two young talented Hungarian musicians, flutist Dominika Ács and harpist Sára Goda, lent a beautiful musical touch to the evening.

The Kennedy Center International Committee of the Arts bestows this award each year to inspiring individuals whose lifetime achievements have created, nurtured, supported, and championed the arts around the world.

Watch the recording of the ceremony!