Henri Dutilleux Selected as the Inaugural Recipient of the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic; Peter Eötvös Chosen to Compose New Work for the Philharmonic in His Honor
Dec. 09, 2011
Henri Dutilleux has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. The prize, to be awarded every two years, recognizes extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music, and is one of the world's largest new-music prizes. Henri Dutilleux will share the proceeds with three other composers, to be selected by Dutilleux in conjunction with the New York Philharmonic. Each composer chosen will write a new work to be premiered by the orchestra in Dutilleux’s honor, in lieu of a new work by Dutilleux, and the Philharmonic has announced renowned Hungarian master Peter Eötvös as the first composer selected for this honor. Music Director Alan Gilbert comments:
It has been a privilege and a challenge to select the recipient of the inaugural Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. It offers us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the vital work of today’s composers, whom we consider to be true heroes. The criterion is that of "extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music." Despite the presence of many important compositional voices today, the committee unanimously decided upon the first honoree: Henri Dutilleux, one of the greatest composers of our time. His music is marked by a remarkable degree of beauty as well as precision, and it is no wonder that it has become an essential part of the modern orchestral repertoire.
The committee congratulates Henri Dutilleux on his decision to share the proceeds of his prize with three composers, whom the New York Philharmonic will select with Dutilleux’s assistance, to write works to be performed by the Orchestra. This gracious act helps foster young talent and further magnifies the attention on new music that the Kravis Prize was established to create.
In honor of the inaugural recipient of the Kravis Prize for New Music, Maestro Gilbert will conduct the orchestra in an all-Dutilleux concert on June 26, 2012 in Avery Fisher Hall. Dutilleux's Métaboles, String Quartet, "Ainsi la nuit," and his Cello Concerto, "Tout un monde lontain," featuring Yo-Yo Ma, will be performed.
This month Dutilleux is honored on the opposite coast with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra's performance of his 1997 work The Shadows of Time. Joana Carneiro leads the performance on January 26 in Berkeley, CA.
The Shadows of Time (1997)
five episodes for orchestra