Polar Music Prize

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Not to be confused with Polaris Music Prize.
Polar Music Prize
A crown made of music notes and signs
Awarded for Significant achievements in music
Country Sweden
Presented by Stig Anderson Music Award Foundation
First awarded 1992
Official website polarmusicprize.org

The Polar Music Prize is a Swedish international award founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of the Swedish band ABBA, with a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.[1] The award is annually given to one contemporary musician and one classical musician.[2] Exceptions were made in 2001, when it was awarded to three musicians (one composer, one contemporary musician and one inventor), and 2003, when it was awarded only to one composer. Without any restrictions of nationality, the prize is to be "awarded for significant achievements in music and/or musical activity, or for achievements which are found to be of great potential importance for music or musical activity, and it shall be referable to all fields within or closely connected with music".[3] The prize has been called the "Nobel Prize of Music" in Sweden.[4][5][6]

The first recipients were the British musician, Paul McCartney, and the Baltic States. The most recent award was made to musician Chuck Berry and theatre director Peter Sellars.[7] Laureates are awarded 1 million kr (approximately US$156,000).[8] The Polar Music Prize is regarded as the foremost musical honour.[8] The prize is overseen by the Stig Anderson Music Award Foundation, which includes members of Anderson's family and representatives of SKAP – the Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and the Swedish Performing Rights Society.[9][10] A committee of musicians, other experienced members of the music industry, and members of Anderson's family selects the prize recipients from nominations submitted by representatives of several international music industry organizations, such as the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance.[9][10][11]

Laureates[edit]

A serious, standing man holding his guitar with his left hand and placing his other hand on his left arm
Paul McCartney was the first winner and the only one who refused to receive the award in person.
A smiling man crossing his legs and placing his left arm on the styre
Witold Lutosławski was the first classical musician to win the award.
A woman holding her guitar while looking at it
Joni Mitchell was the first female award recipient.
A montage of four musicians; from upper left to bottom right: A man with curly hair, a man with moustache looking at his drums, a short-haired man looking to the right, a curly-haired man singing with a microphone
The English band Led Zeppelin became the first musical group to win the award.
An elderly man standing on the right, alongside his three inventions
Robert Moog became the first inventor to win the award for the synthesizer MiniMoog.
Gilberto Gil - the winner in the contemporary category in 2005, receives the prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
A man playing guitar on stage with a band
Paul Simon – the winner in the contemporary category in 2012
A man playing on a cello, with his eyes closed and his body visible on a large screen
Yo-Yo Ma – the winner in the classical category in 2012
Year Recipient Nationality Reason Ref
1992 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney United Kingdom

"...for his creativity and imagination as a composer and artist which has revitalized popular music worldwide over the last 30 years."

[12]
1992 Baltic states the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)

"...to support their national music culture, as a nucleus for the formation of performing rights societies in international co-operation."

[13]
1993 Gillespie, DizzyDizzy Gillespie United States

"...Closely familiar with the origins and roots of jazz, and perceiving its fertile development out of a variety of musical cultures, Dizzy Gillespie came on the scene, almost half a century ago, as a revolutionary innovator."

[14]
1993 Lutosławski, WitoldWitold Lutosławski Poland

"...one of the pioneers of contemporary European art music."

[15]
1994 Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones United States

"...a boundary-transcending musical magician"

[16]
1994 Harnoncourt, NikolausNikolaus Harnoncourt Austria

"...ranks today as a pioneer of the revival of interest, ... But he is also an independent ground-breaker who is constantly discovering new dimensions of the classics."

[17]
1995 John, EltonElton John United Kingdom

"...a central figure in the popular music crucible of the 70s and 80s and, eventually, an eccentric mega-star with a big output of successful hits with a worldwide response from a broadbased public."

[18]
1995 Rostropovich, MstislavMstislav Rostropovich Russia

"...for a unique artistic achievement distinguished by originality, independence, fluency and vigour of interpretation and instrumental mastery."

[19]
1996 Mitchell, JoniJoni Mitchell Canada

"...In a long career of prolific and many-sided artistry, she has combined the roles of composer, lyric writer, vocal artist and musician with an impressive array of 'first instruments'."

[20]
1996 Boulez, PierrePierre Boulez France

"...His profound musicality, clear intelligence and unusual farsightedness have enabled him to act in a wider field than the great majority. Thus he has occupied the forefront as composer, interpreter/conductor and eminent theorist, and he has made unique contributions as a debater and source of ideas."

[21]
1997 Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen United States

"...for an outstanding career as singer and stage performer."

[22]
1997 Ericson, EricEric Ericson Sweden

"...for pioneering achievements as a conductor, teacher, artistic originator and inspirer in Swedish and international choral music."

[23]
1998 Charles, RayRay Charles United States

"...one of the leading figures of soul music and an important stylistic innovator with an unusual diversity of musical roots ... a man whose presence, ever since the 1950s, has been perceptible behind generations of innumerable pop musicians and singers."

[24]
1998 Shankar, RaviRavi Shankar India

"...for nearly six decades of achievement as a brilliant performer and explorer of his country's art music and at the same time a leading representative and communicator to western civilisation of the musical traditions of the Orient."

[25]
1999 Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder United States

"...for a unique career as a singer, composer and stage artist."

[26]
1999 Xenakis, IannisIannis Xenakis France

"...for a long succession of forceful works, charged with sensitivity, commitment and passion, ... exercising within its various fields an influence which cannot be readily overstated."

[27]
2000 Dylan, BobBob Dylan United States

"...his achievements encompass almost four decades of constantly changing modes of creativity, always innovative, but always based on American musical traditions and roots."

[28]
2000 Stern, IsaacIsaac Stern United States

"...for a unique and consummate artistry distinguished by a personal musicianship without compare for over half a century, for his pioneering achievement on behalf of young people the world over, for his patient and energetic commitment to preserving and developing places where music is played, and for his uncompromising attitude concerning the humanistic power of music."

[29]
2001 Bacharach, BurtBurt Bacharach United States

"...Bacharach has been a principal player on the international music scene since his debut in the late 1950's, producing a host of timeless classics stemming from his infallible feeling for powerful, memorable and unmistakably personal melodies and for brilliantly designed harmony."

[30]
2001 Moog, RobertRobert Moog United States

"...for his design of the MiniMoog, the first compact, easy-to-use synthesizer, which paved the way to the realm of electronic sounds that has revolutionised all genres of music during the past half-century."

[31]
2001 Stockhausen, KarlheinzKarlheinz Stockhausen Germany

"...for a career as a composer that has been characterized by impeccable integrity and never-ceasing creativity, and for having stood at the forefront of musical development for fifty years."

[32]
2002 Makeba, MiriamMiriam Makeba South Africa

"...Miriam Makeba embodied the concept of world music long before the term even existed on the musical map. In the 1960s, her expressive voice drew attention to the musical riches of the African continent."

[33]
2002 Gubaidulina, SofiaSofia Gubaidulina Russia

"...whose intensely expressive and deeply personal musical idiom has the ability to speak to an ever-growing audience of listeners all over the world."

[34]
2003 Jarrett, KeithKeith Jarrett United States

"...for his outstanding musical contributions in fields as diverse as classical interpretation and jazz improvisation."

[35]
2004 B.B. King United States

"...for his significant contributions to the blues."

[36]
2004 Ligeti, GyörgyGyörgy Ligeti Austria

"...for stretching the boundaries of the musically conceivable, from mind-expanding sounds to new astounding processes, in a thoroughly personal style that embodies both inquisitiveness and imagination."

[37]
2005 Gil, GilbertoGilberto Gil Brazil

"...for his unflinching creative engagement in bringing to the world the heart and soul of the rich music of Brazil."

[38]
2005 Fischer-Dieskau, DietrichDietrich Fischer-Dieskau Germany

"...for his unique artistry in every area of classical singing and for his unparalleled achievements as a penetrating and innovative interpreter of art songs in the German language."

[39]
2006 Led Zeppelin United Kingdom

"...one of the great pioneers of rock."

[40]
2006 Gergiev, ValeryValery Gergiev Russia

"...for the way his unique, electrifying musical skills have deepened and renewed our relationship with the grand tradition; and for how he has managed to develop and amplify the importance of artistic music in these modern, changing times."

[41]
2007 Rollins, SonnySonny Rollins United States

"...Sonny Rollins has elevated the unaccompanied solo to the highest artistic level – all characterised by a distinctive and powerful sound, irresistible swing and an individual musical sense of humour."

[42]
2007 Reich, SteveSteve Reich United States

"...The award recognises his unique ability to use repeats, canon technique and minimal variation of patterns to develop an entire universe of evocative music, endowed with immediate tonal beauty."

[43]
2008 Pink Floyd United Kingdom

"...for their monumental contribution over the decades to the fusion of art and music in the development of popular culture."

[44]
2008 Fleming, RenéeRenée Fleming United States

"...in recognition of her sublime unparalleled voice and unique stylistic versatility. [People] have been dazzled by the beauty of her soft and natural voice."

[45]
2009 Gabriel, PeterPeter Gabriel United Kingdom

"...for his ground-breaking, outward-looking and boundary-busting artistry."

[46]
2009 Abreu, José AntonioJosé Antonio Abreu & El Sistema Venezuela

"... Abreu created the music network El Sistema, which has given hundreds of thousands the tools to leave poverty. José Antonio Abreu's successful creation has promoted traditional values, like respect, fellowship and humanity."

[47]
2010 Björk Iceland

"...With her deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice, Björk has already made an indelible mark on pop music and modern culture at large [...]."

[48]
2010 Morricone, EnnioEnnio Morricone Italy

"...Ennio Morricone's congenial compositions and arrangements lift our existence to another plane, making the mundane feel like dramatic scenes in full Cinemascope."

[49]
2011 Kronos Quartet United States

"...For almost 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been revolutionizing the potential of the string quartet genre when it comes to both style and content."

[50]
2011 Smith, PattiPatti Smith United States

"...Patti Smith has demonstrated how much rock'n'roll there is in poetry and how much poetry there is in rock'n'roll."

[51]
2012 Simon, PaulPaul Simon United States

"...Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of "world-class songwriter." For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by (re)joining the world's continents with his music."

[52]
2012 Yo-Yo Ma United States

"...Yo-Yo Ma has dedicated his virtuosity and his heart to journeys of musical exploration and discovery around the world."

[53]
2013 Youssou N’Dour Senegal

"...Youssou N’Dour is maintaining the griot tradition and has shown that it can also be changed into a narrative about the entire world. ... His voice encompasses an entire continent’s history and future, blood and love, dreams and power."

[54]
2013 Kaija Saariaho Finland

"...Kaija Saariaho combines acoustic instruments with electronics and computers. She has written chamber music, orchestral works and operas. Kaija Saariaho is a modern maestro who opens up our ears and causes their anvils and stirrups to fall in love."

[55]
2014 Chuck Berry United States [7]
2014 Peter Sellars United States [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (26 January 2007). "Reich and Rollins Win Polar Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Moser, Whet (March 24, 2014). "Swedish Pop Mafia: How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world". Pacific Standard. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "History". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bjork and Ennio Morricone win Polar Music Prize". BBC News. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Polar Music Prize". Kinnarps. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith awarded Polar Music Prize 2011". Xinhua. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Chuck Berry and Peter Sellars named as Polar laureates". BBC News. 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Morricone, Bjork win 2010 Polar Music Prize". CBC News. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "About". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "The Award Committee". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Nominations". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sir Paul McCartney". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "the Baltic States; Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dizzy Gillespie". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Witold Lutoslawski". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Quincy Jones". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nikolaus Harnoncourt". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sir Elton John". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mstislav Rostropovich". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Joni Mitchell". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Pierre Boulez". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Bruce Springsteen". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Eric Ericson". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Ray Charles". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Ravi Shankar". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Stevie Wonder". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Iannis Xenakis". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "Bob Dylan". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  29. ^ "Isaac Stern". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  30. ^ "Burt Bacharach". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Robert Moog". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Karlheinz Stockhausen". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "Miriam Makeba". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  34. ^ "Sofia Gubaidulina". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Keith Jarrett". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "B. B. King". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "György Ligeti". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  38. ^ "Gilberto Gil". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  39. ^ "Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  40. ^ "Led Zeppelin". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  41. ^ "Valery Gergiev". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  42. ^ "Sonny Rollins". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  43. ^ "Steve Reich". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  44. ^ "Pink Floyd". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  45. ^ "Renée Fleming". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  46. ^ "Peter Gabriel". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  47. ^ "José Antonio Abreu and El sistema". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  48. ^ "Björk". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  49. ^ "Ennio Morricone". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  50. ^ "Kronos Quartet". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  51. ^ "Patti Smith". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  52. ^ "Paul Simon". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  53. ^ "Yo-Yo Ma". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  54. ^ "Youssou N’Dour". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  55. ^ "Kaija Saariaho". Polar Music Prize. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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