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Estonia: Arvo Part wins Frontiers of Knowledge Award of Spain's BBVA Foundation

BC, Tallinn, 31.03.2020.Print version

The Spanish BBVA Foundation on Tuesday announced the laureate of the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the field of music; the recipient of the award is composer Arvo Part.

The award is presented in eight categories to acknowledge outstanding achievements in the fields of natural sciences and technology, humanities and music. The name of the award refers to the fact that the laureates have managed to shift the frontiers of our knowledge of the world, Arvo Part Center said LETA/BNS.

Arvo Part was presented with the award in the category of music and opera, which has previously been awarded to composers such as Steve Reich, Pierre Boulez, John Adams, Gyorgy Kurtag, Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Kaija Saariaho.

The jury for the prize comprised internationally renowned experts, who are selected each year by the foundation in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

This year the jury for the category of music and opera comprised Paul Douglas Hillier, artistic director of the collective Theater of Voices, Denmark; Mauro Bucarelli, from Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Italy; Pedro Halffter, Spanish composer and conductor; Andrew McGregor, presenter at BBC Radio 3, UK; Robert Sholl, professor of music at the University of West London; and Vķctor Garcķa de Gomar, artistic director of Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain.

BBVA, the largest bank in Spain, established the foundation to support contributions to societal values in a broad array of areas. The Frontiers of Knowledge Awards have been awarded since 2008.

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