Wihuri Sibelius Prize

The Wihuri Sibelius Prize is a music prize awarded by the Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes to prominent composers who have become internationally known and acknowledged. The Wihuri Sibelius Prize is one of the biggest and most prestigious music prizes in the world of classical music. The first Sibelius Prize was awarded to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, whom the prize was named after, in 1953. By 2015, the Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes has awarded all together 16 Wihuri Sibelius Prizes, the latest award climbing up to €150,000. The Wihuri Sibelius Prize winner is selected by a five-member committee that consists of experts from Finnish music institutions. The prize may be awarded to private individuals or organizations regardless of nationality, religion, race or language.

Wihuri Sibelius Prize
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Antti Wihuri handing over the Wihuri Sibelius Prize to Paul Hindemith in 1955. In the back President Juho Kusti Paasikivi.
Awarded for"prominent composers who have become internationally known and acknowledged"
Sponsored byWihuri Foundation for International Prizes
LocationHelsinki
CountryFinland
Reward(s)€150,000
First awarded1953
Websitewihuriprizes.fi

PrizewinnersEdit

Year Prizewinner[1] Country Notes
1953 Jean Sibelius     Finland
1955 Paul Hindemith     West Germany
1958 Dmitri Shostakovich     Soviet Union
1963 Igor Stravinsky     United States
1965 Benjamin Britten     United Kingdom
Erik Bergman     Finland
Usko Meriläinen     Finland
Einojuhani Rautavaara     Finland
1971 Olivier Messiaen     France
1973 Witold Lutoslawski     Poland
Joonas Kokkonen     Finland
1983 Krzysztof Penderecki     Poland
Aulis Sallinen     Finland
2000 György Ligeti     Hungary/  Austria
2003 Magnus Lindberg     Finland
2006 Per Nørgård     Denmark
2009 Kaija Saariaho     Finland
2012 György Kurtág     Hungary
2015 Harrison Birtwistle     United Kingdom [2]
2017 Unsuk Chin     South Korea [3][4]
2020 Jukka Tiensuu     Finland [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wihuri Sibelius Prize". Wihuri Foundation. Helsinki. 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Sir Harrison Birtwistle Sibelius Prize Winner 2015". Helsinki: Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Unsuk Chin, Sibelius Prize Winner 2017". Helsinki: Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ Kim, Hoo-ran (11 October 2017). "Composer Chin Un-suk wins Sibelius Prize". The Korea Herald. Seoul. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  5. ^ Tiikkaja, Samuli: Maailman suurimpiin kuuluvan musiikkipalkinnon saanut säveltäjä Jukka Tiensuu panostaa teosten laatuun, ei itsensä brändäykseen. Helsingin Sanomat 9.10.2020.

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