Hungarian composer György Kurtág has received the award of the Spanish bank group BBVA’s foundation in the contemporary music category this year, the Liszt Music Academy has said.
The international jury granted Kurtág the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for his work that stands out for its “rare expressive intensity,” the foundation wrote on its website.
“The novel dimension of his music lies not in the material he uses but in its spirit, the authenticity of its language, and the way it crosses borders between spontaneity and reflection, between formalism and expression,” it said, describing Kurtág as one of the outstanding names from the generation of Ligeti, Stockhausen or Boulez in Europe’s contemporary music scene.
Past recipients of the award, regarded one of the most prestigious honours for contemporary composers, are Steve Reich and Pierre Boulez. The award with a 400,000 euro cash prize will be presented at a ceremony at BBVA’s headquarters in Madrid in June.
Mr. Kurtág, who has been living in France since the 2000s and will celebrate his 89th birhday on 19 February, was nominated for the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the contemporary music category by the Hungarian Academy of Music and the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts. The decision on granting the award was announced by the BBVA Foundation on Tuesday.
According to the foundation’s website, awards are handed out since 2008 in 8 categories, with contemporary music being the only area representing the arts.
via hungarymatters.hu and hvg.hu