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Art Prize 2022

Thank you Dresden for honoring me with the prestigious Art Prize 2022 by the City of Dresden. I feel deep gratitude for the acknowledgment of my work and for having an artistic home at this wonderful place at the river Elbe.

Since 1993, the City of Dresden has awarded an annual art prize and up to two promotional prizes to promising young artists, ensembles and cultural workers. In each case, outstanding and nationally significant artistic work or cultural commitment is honoured.


My new album Skills is out today on Berlin label Modern Recordings.

In my parents' living room stands an elaborately hand-forged copper kettle – my grandfather's masterpiece, hammered out of a single piece of copper. Growing up in a family of craftsmen, I have been familiar since early childhood with the attitude of perfecting a thing for its own sake.

The deepening concentration and slow maturing of execution, the craft shares with spiritual rituals, with arts, sports and the sciences. I am touched by the sight of almost ideal expressions of human activity, be it a forged piece, a perfectly build sentence or an athletic performance. I dedicate my album SKILLS to this fascination.

The album is available on Vinyl, CD and on all streaming platforms.

Cover artwork: myself
String quartet: mondena quartet
French horns: Anne Grethen, Jörg Brückner, Robinson Wappler
Tuba: Tom Götze


The 4th single of my upcoming album Skills is out today. The music video shows a Reishi mushroom that is ‘eating’ a violin in time lapse – transforming it into a tea. The video deals with the constant transforming process. Even high culture can lose relevance and society’s interest and become just a soil for something very different.

A violin is the icon of a highly developed, sophisticated classical tradition.

The Reishi mushroom is a less developed organism, but it is providing countless health benefits, when eaten or drunk. The video is contemplating about the change of values, the need for renewal and regeneration and about hubris, that always comes before the fall.

Director: Daniel Farkas
Cover artwork: Dominik Schech

next events

London – Southbank Center

Sven Helbig and London Contemporary Orchestra

Southbank Center/Purcell Room
Show:8 pm
More info: tba
London Contemporary Orchestra

Berlin - Großer Sendesaal des RBB

Schöne Töne live
Tiffany Poon (Piano), Sebastian Plano (Cello), Sven Helbig (Talk, Electronics), Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin
Music by: Johannes Brahms, Sebastian Plano, Robert Schumann, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Julia Wolfe, Sven Helbig, Hildegard von Bingen
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Bamberg – Bamberger Symphoniker

Sven Helbig and Bamberger Symphoniker
more info and tickets: tba