Many Ludwig Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebrations were canceled last year. The European Culture Awards were presented in Bonn, the composer’s hometown.

Bonn (dpa) – Rock band Scorpions (“Wind of Change”) and jazz-pop singer Katie Melua (“Piece by Piece”) received the European Culture Prize at the Bonn Opera – as well as a number of other laureates.

Among them, the trumpeter Till Brönner, the violinist David Garret and the soprano Diana Damrau. Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich manager Ilona Schmiel was honored, along with actor Tobias Moretti and former Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg.

The Bonn Beethoven Orchestra and its conductor Dirk Kaftan were also honored. Saturday’s gala in Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthplace was dedicated to the anniversary year of the composer’s 250th birthday (1770-1827).

The non-endowed award is intended to honor the outstanding achievements of cultural workers. The donor of the prize is the European Cultural Forum in Dresden.

The European Culture Prize rewards personalities, initiatives, artists, politicians or institutions for exceptional services and achievements around and for Europe and its citizens. The gala takes place every year in different European cultural cities.