Dr Carol Hogel CBE

The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy - 2008 Honouree

It has been more than 30 years since Carol Høgel, an American touring concert pianist, first performed in Edinburgh. Now, she is one of Scotland's most generous and artistically informed philanthropists. Her charitable foundation, the Dunard Fund, is one of the few key trusts focussing on the arts in Scotland. It has provided vital assistance for, among others, the Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Opera, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Without her, all five organisations would be the poorer. Carol is a model 21st century philanthropist; passionate about the performing arts and a pianist in her own right, but she also belongs to that great American tradition of philanthropy - she really wants to do good by the communities she's chosen to live in. It is for her a strong sense of duty.

Carol was raised in Chicago. Her father, a music-loving businessman and donated generously to the arts. Carol has been quoted as saying she "inherited this giving gene."

She is currently a board member of the Edinburgh International Festival and in the last twelve years has contributed more than £5.5 million to the festival.

For Scottish Opera, Dr Høgel's support has enabled them to put on productions that would otherwise have been impossible - most recently, David McVicar's acclaimed version of La Traviata. Dr Hogel is a great admirer of the director's work, and as Alex Reedijk notes, "To do Traviata properly requires a lot of frocks".