Swiss Ambassador's Award 2019

Local news, 21.10.2019

The winners of this year’s Swiss Ambassador’s Award, AKMI DUO, made their UK debut on 15 October 2019 to a packed Wigmore Hall in London.

the two musicians sitting on a piano
AKMI Duo: Valentine Michaud and Akvilé Sileikaité © Timofey Matveev

With Valentine Michaud on saxophone and Akvilé Sileikaité on piano, the duo presented an unusual combination of instruments. They delighted the audience with their pure, passionate and emotional performance of a contemporary repertoire from Albright to Juillerat.

The Award includes a concert tour which took the duo to Manchester for a concert performance at the Stoller Hall, in the beautiful setting of Cheatham’s School of Music - the largest specialist music school in the UK - and to Cardiff for the final concert at the Dora Stoutzker Hall, at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Ambassador Alexandre Fasel accompanied the musicians on the tour to Manchester and Cardiff and used the Award platform to meet and network with local government and business leaders and the Swiss community.