PALMARÉS

Following a decision taken at its first meeting by the Board of Trustees, the Terras Sem Sombra Festival created in 2011 an International Prize with its name, intended to honour a personality or an institution who have distinguished themselves in one of the following categories: promotion of Music, valorisation of Cultural Heritage, and safeguard of Biodiversity. The selection of recipients is the responsibility of an international jury. Each year the Prize consists of a diploma and a work of art commissioned from a contemporary artist, and is delivered at a culminating point of the musical season, in Alentejo.

2017

MUSIC

Alberto Zedda (posthumously) | Music Diretor (Italy)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Mértola's Archaeological Field (Portugal)

BIODIVERSITY

Stiftung Dyck Foundation (Germany)

Presided by HE D. Amalio de Marichalar, Count of Ripalda

Alberto ZeddaHe excelled as an orchestra conductor and musicologist for the interpretation of nineteenth-century Italian repertoire, in particular Rossini. After graduating in Milan, where he was born in 1928, and where he stood out as a disciple of Carlo Maria Giulini, made his debut in 1956 with The Barber of Seville. Soon he would ascend to an international career that took to triumph in the world’s main stages. Among other shrines of lyric music, he masterfully directed the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the world's most famous opera house. Always with great humility, Zedda was part of a group of great maestros who cultivated bel canto with an open view of society, democratizing the love for opera. Active until the end - he would earn the title of "world's oldest conductor" - he always remained a young spirit, observant to everything around him and generous to those who were initiating an artistic career. On April 2, 2016, at the main church of Santiago do Cacém, he conducted a version of Petite Messe Solennelle, by Rossini. The Portuguese television channel RTP, recorded this remarkable performance. Mértola's Archaeological Field (Portugal)The Archaeological Field of Mértola is a cultural and scientific association whose objective is to promote the survey, study, research, conservation and safeguarding of the archaeological, ethnographic and artistic assets of the region of Mértola, as a result of the strategic vision of Cláudio Torres for the sustainability of the territory. Since its creation in 1978, it reconciled scientific research with a museographic programme, the Mértola Vila Museu project. Focused on the heritage’s valorisation and dissemination, pursues the involvement of the population in an attempt to consolidate their identity and contribute to local development.In addition to the museology activity, this Association promotes an editorial programme, with more than 50 published titles, temporary and permanent exhibitions, the organization of congresses and scientific meetings, patrimonial education actions and its training plan (free courses, master's degrees and doctorates). Thanks to the valuable estate donated by the historian and university professor José Mattoso, has a specialized library. Investigation is a field where there are no frontiers between science, culture and citizenship. Thus, alongside the Universities of Coimbra and Algarve, the Archaeological Field of Mértola is an associate of the Research Centre in Archaeology, Arts and Heritage Sciences. Stiftung Schloss DyckOne of the most outstanding monuments on the Lower Rhine, Schloss Dyck is proud of the presence of many generations of the House of Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, once sovereign of this territory, and combines more than a millennium of history. Built on four islands in the 17th century, and surrounded by water ditches, the castle complex lies at the heart of a spacious park, designed in the 19th century by the Scottish landscape architect Thomas Blaikie, at the initiative of Prince Joseph zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, a great admirer of the tradition of the English romantic gardens.In the 1990s, the heiress to the estate established with the Rhineland authorities, a foundation to safeguard this remarkable heritage, making it the headquarters of a Centre for Garden Art and Landscape Design. This park was created at the instigation of Prince Joseph zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck by the Scottish landscape gardener Thomas Blaikie in the style of the English landscape garden in the 19th century. Since then, the Stiftung Schloss Dyck has played a leading role internationally in safeguarding historic gardens, crossing it with urban planning, landscape protection and the promotion of biodiversity. Other initiatives include the creation of the International Institute for Garden Art and Landscape Design and the European Garden Network. Amalio de MarichalarAmalio de Marichalar, 9th Count of Ripalda (Pamplona, 1958), with a degree in Law, works as a consultant and has developed a pioneering action at the international level for the dissemination of territorial sustainability. Founder of the Foro Soria 21, he leads sustainable development in this Spanish province, one of the most affected by desertification in the neighbouring country, he is also a consultant to the European Environment Foundation, based in Freiburg, Germany. 

2016

MUSIC

Michael Haefliger | Director of the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Khaled al-Asaad (posthumously) | Archaeologist (Syria)

BIODIVERSITY

Association of Friends of Funchal Ecological Park (Portugal)

Presided by HE the Minister of Culture, Ambassador Luís Filipe de Castro Mendes

Michael Haefliger (Berlim, 1961)The professional activity of Michael Haefliger has always been associated to the great European festivals in which he began by intervening as an interpreter. From 1980, his solo career as a violinist led him, among others, to the festivals of Lucerne, Interlaken and Spoleto. In 1986, he co-founded the Davos Festival "Young Artists in Concert", which he directed until 1998. He began his violin and piano studies at the age of six. In 1983, he obtained a violin degree at the Juilliard School in New York. Alongside the musical training, he continued his studies at the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales, Université de Saint-Gall, in Switzerland, and concluded his Executive MBA in 1999. In 2003, he received a scholarship from the General Manager Program at Harvard University.He is a member of the board of several international organizations. In 2000, he was named Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2003, he received the Prix Européen de l'Innovation Culturelle; in 2007, the Prix du Tourisme of the Tourismus Forum of Lucerne; and, in 2014, the Prix de la Culture de la Suisse Centrale. He was also distinguished with the Épingle d'honneur of the city of Lucerne and the Prix de la Société Suisse of New York. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Fondation Avenir Suisse, the Fondation du Festival in Davos, the Fondation UBS pour la Culture and Pierre Boulez Fondation. He is a member of the executive committee of the Curtis Institute of Music and chairs the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Khaled al-Asaad (Palmira, 1934-2015)Khaled al-Asaad was born in Palmyra. He studied History at the University of Damascus, devoting a special interest to the Aramaic language, in which he acquired remarkable fluency. He returned to Palmira in 1963 to be the director of the local museum. Two years later, he succeeded Obayd Taha as the head of the Department of Archaeology.Palmyra (whose name means "city of palm trees") was a marble town built in an oasis of the Silk Road; the excavations of Asaad in Greco-Roman archaeological sites privileged the walls of the end of the third century and a wide series of funerary monuments scattered by several necropolises. This made it possible to enrich the collection of the museum. Under his guidance important projects of restoration of the theatre, the city walls and the Tetrapylon were also carried out. In 2015, with the city expected to fall, Asaad helped evacuate a large number of works of art and archaeology to Damascus. He refused, however, to leave his hometown. Isis detained him and his son Walid after the capture of the city on 21 May. Later released, he was again arrested and questioned, multiple times with the use of torture and in the end beheaded. Isis hung his decapitated body on a traffic light post on a new avenue near the ruins of Palmyra. Association of Friends of Funchal Ecological ParkIn 1994, the City Hall created the Ecological Park of Funchal in the mountainous area overlooking the city. The vast county estate had been subject to intense grazing on the highest part and to the uncontrolled expansion of eucalyptus and acacia trees in the lower lands. In 1996 began a reforestation programme to recover the primitive plant formations, minimize the conditions of fire propagation, reduce erosion and reduce the catastrophic effects of floods, increase water infiltration and strengthen springs. This Association was born with the purpose of mobilizing volunteers for reforestation work. In 2001, requested a City Hall’s authorization to concentrate his activity in the highest zone of the park, in the Pico Areeiro area, about 1700 and 1800 meters of altitude. Where the mother rock emerged, only with the creation of a new soil in each boiler would it be possible to install the pioneer plants for a new biological succession. Since then, its volunteers have been working on planting and maintaining species that are appropriate to the characteristics of that ecosystem. An area that was completely desertified began to show the colors of biodiversity, even outliving the great fire that struck it in 2010. Minister:Luís Filipe Castro Mendes graduated in Law from the University of Lisbon and since 1975 has been developing his diplomatic career. He served in the Embassies in Luanda, Madrid and Paris, in the Civil House of the President of the Republic and in the Permanent Mission to the Council of Europe. He was the Director of South and Central Services of the Directorate General of Bilateral Relations, Head of the Office of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. He represented Portugal as Ambassador in Budapest and New Delhi. He was Permanent Representative to the Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) in Paris (2011-2012) and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (2012-2015). Alongside this, he wrote several fiction books. He is the Portuguese Minister of Culture since 2016.

2015

MUSIC

Ismael Fernández de la Cuesta | Musicologist (Spain)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

National Centre of Culture (Portugal)

BIODIVERSITY

Programme World Wide Fund Mediterranean (International)

Presided by HRH D. Pedro de Borbon Dos Sicilias, Duke of Calabria

Ismael Fernández de la CuestaBorn in Neila (Burgos) in 1939, he is an internationally recognized musicologist and interpreter with an extensive bibliography, particularly in Gregorian chant and medieval music. Director of the Monks Choir of Santo Domingo de Silos (1964-1973), he divulged Gregorian chant through all continents twith his best selling albums.Among other awards, he won the Grand Prix Charles Cross (1972) for Best Chant I, and the Great Award of the Festival of the Fine Arts of Tokyo (1974) for the album Tomás Luis de Victoria, Hebdomada Sancta. In 2007, he was the subject of a remarkable musical-scientific homage by prominent musicologists and expert teachers, published in two volumes under the direction of Robert Stevenson of the University of California, Los Angeles. He studied Humanities at the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, where he was a niño cantor. Specialized in Gregorian chant at the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, he graduated in Theology from the Université Catholique de Angers and graduated in Romance Philology at UNED, with the aim of publishing the complete music of Occitan troubadours (Las Cançons dels Trobadors, Toulouse, 1980).Cathedratic of Gregorian at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid (1978-2011), was president, and is a perpetual member, of the Sociedad Española de Musicología (1984-1995). Founding member of the Center pour la Recherche and Interprétation des Musiques Médiévales, Paris, he is an académico de número and vice director of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando, Spain. In 2011 he received the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X el Sabio. He is presently directing courses and programmes for the defence of the Iberian-American musical heritage. In 2015, he received the Castilla y León Prize. National Centre of Culture (CNC)The National Centre of Culture (CNC) is a cultural association, founded in 1945, as a meeting and dialogue place between the various political and ideological sectors, in order to defend a free and multidisciplinary culture. Since 25 April 1974, has laboured to convey a notion of culture without frontiers, whether disciplinary or geographical.A very considerable part of its action is devoted to the defence of the Portuguese cultural heritage, to the dissemination of the role played by Portuguese culture in the world, and to the updating of its relations with other cultures. This is done through exhibitions, publications, training courses, cultural study trips and conferences.In addition to activities aimed at the general public, the CNC organizes children's workshops and specific training actions for young people, teachers and cultural tourism guides; promotes free courses covering the most different areas; and provides cultural services to associations, companies, municipalities and public bodies. A European dimension has been increasing in the CNC initiatives, through important projects in partnership with counterparts from other European countries and welcoming trainees and foreign artists throughout the year. Programme World Wide Fund MediterraneanRecognized internationally for its work in the areas of nature conservation and biodiversity conservation, the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, formerly the World Wildlife Fund) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1961 in the Swiss city of Morges, by Julian Huxley, Edward Max Nicholson, Peter Scott, Bernhard de Lippe-Biesterfeld and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. A pilot project in several Mediterranean countries, the WWF Mediterranean Programme aims to conserve the biodiversity of this macro-region and the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of all. Its main concerns are the conservation of forests, water resources and marine ecosystems; promoting the establishment of protected areas and good practices in the use of natural resources; maintaining biodiversity; and disseminating ecological functions.In Portugal since 1995, the WWF has been involved in the constitution of the Vale do Guadiana Natural Park. In 1999, it launched the initiative "A Green Cord for the South of Portugal", a reference project in the area of conservation of priority ecosystems. In 2004, the Cork Oak Programme began, with the aim of contributing to the protection, recovery and management of the cork oak forests in the Mediterranean, and a permanent team was set up for this purpose in the country. In 2006, WWF Portugal promoted the FSC National Initiative (Forest Stewardship Council), which would constitute FSC Portugal, and in 2008 launched the Iberian Forest Trade Network together with WWF Spain. In 2009, it broadened the scope of its action to the Climate Change and Water binomial, aiming a greater intervention of Portuguese society in the priority themes for the organization. HRH D. Pedro de Borbon Dos Sicilias, Duke of Calabria He was born in Madrid, in 1968, sole heir of the dynastic rights of S.A.R. Prince Carlos de Borbón-Duas Sicílias and Borbón-Parma, Infante of Spain, Duke of Calabria, head of the Royal House of the Two Sicilies, Knight of the Orden del Toisón de Oro; and of HRH Princess Anne of Orléans. He is Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, of which his father is Grand Master. In 2014, he became President-Dean of the Royal Council of Military Orders of Spain (Santiago, Calatrava, Alcântara and Montesa), by appointment of King emeritus Juan Carlos.Professionally, Prince D. Pedro graduated in agricultural engineering, specializing in agricultural and livestock farms, and is dedicated to the administration of several agricultural and hunting societies in Spain.

2014

MUSIC

Teresa Berganza | Opera Singer (Spain)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Angelo Oswaldo de Araújo Santos | Art Curator (Brasil)

BIODIVERSITY

Serafim Riem | Environmentalist (Portugal)

Presided by HE the Deputy Minister and Minister for Regional Development,Professor of Law Miguel Poiares Maduro

Teresa BerganzaBorn in Madrid, Teresa Berganza began studying music at a very early age . Her great debut happened in 1957 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, when she played the role of Dorabella in Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte. An unquestionable success: the public acclaimed her and critics celebrated the birth of the one that deserved the classification of "mezzo-soprano of the century". Since then, she has received numerous proposals and started a long career that, in the following decades, would take her to the most prestigious stages of the world. With a prodigious voice, her interpretations unite technique, grace and expressive force. In 1991 she won the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and the following year she participated in the Seville International Exposition, once again giving life to Carmen at the Teatro de la Maestranza. In 2002, and after an absence of more than 30 years, she returned to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Angelo Oswaldo de Araújo SantosHe is a writer, art curator, professional journalist, lawyer and public manager. He held several important public offices. In 2009, he became President of the Brazilian Association of Historic Cities. Founding member of the Baroque Network of Latin America Cities, he was elected vice president for the biennium 2011-2012 in Puebla, Mexico. He is a member of the Minas Gerais Academy of Letters and the Academy of Arts of Brazil. He is a correspondent academic at the Lisbon Academy of Arts, a member of the Brazilian Historical and Geographical Institute and the Historical and Geographical Institute of Minas Gerais. He presides over the Brazilian Institute of Museums - IBRAM, linked to the Ministry of Culture, and to the Intergovernmental Committee of the Ibermuseus Programme, linked to the Organization of Ibero-American States - OEI / SEGIB. Serafim Freitas RiemWas a founding member and leader of several associations, among them Quercus; FAPAS - Fund for the Protection of Wild Animals; and Portuguese Society of Arboriculture. He directed the OPorto Municipal School of Arboriculture and is the director of the company The Planet of the Trees. He is undoubtedly one of the people who must contributes to the conservation of nature in Portugal, being a strong advocate of environmental causes, with emphasis on the conservation of species and their habitats. Participated actively, as a leader of Quercus, in the support of rural populations against afforestation with eucalyptus trees in the Serra da Aboboreira. Later on, through FAPAS, lead the initiative to revitalize old forest nurseries in the Serra do Gerês, where more than half a million native trees were produced, destined to be planted in this mountain range and a little throughout the country, in a project that involved the collaboration of primary and secondary schools. Miguel Poiares MaduroHe was the Deputy Minister and Regional Development Minister, directing the Social Communication, Regional Development and Local Authorities areas, during the XIX Constitutional Government of Portugal. Graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and with a PhD with Distinction at the European University Institute, he is a specialist in Constitutional Law and European Union Law. He was an Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Communities and Professor of Law and Director of the Global Governance Program at the European University Institute in Florence until his appointment as Minister. He was the only Portuguese to join the Freedom and Pluralism team in the Social Communication, and authored the report ”A Free and Pluralist Social Communication to Support European Democracy”, released in January 2013.Published several books. He holds a comenda of the Sant'Iago da Espada Military Order, awarded by former President Jorge Sampaio on January 18, 2006; in 2010, he was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Science.

2013

MUSIC

Enzo Dara | Opera Singer (Italy)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Association of Portuguese Archaeologists (Portugal)

BIODIVERSITY

Pedro Vaz Pinto | Environmentalist (Angola)

Presided by HRH Infanta D. Pilar de Borbón, Duchess of Badajoz

2012

MUSIC

Dimitra Theodossiou | Opera Singer (Greece)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Maria Helena Mendes Pinto | Museum conservator (Portugal)

BIODIVERSITY

Miguel Ângel Simon | Biologist (Spain)

Presided by HE the Deputy Secretary of State for the Prime Minister, Engr. Carlos Moedas

2011

MUSIC

Cheryl Studer | Soprano (EUA)

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Pontificia Accademia Romana de Arqueologia (Vatican City)

BIODIVERSITY

Mário Ruivo | Oceanographer (Portugal)

Presided by HRH the Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Duke of Sparta