|Awarded for||"Outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts"|
|Presented by||Japan Art Association|
|Official website||Praemium Imperiale|
The Praemium Imperiale (lit. "World Culture Prize in Memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu", Japanese: 高松宮殿下記念世界文化賞, Takamatsu no miya denka kinen sekai bunka-shō) is an arts prize awarded since 1989 by the imperial family of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association in the fields painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theatre/film. These are areas of achievement not covered by the Nobel Prizes.
Annually, award honorees are recommended by international advisers. The advisers include Yasuhiro Nakasone, William H. Luers, Lamberto Dini, François Pinault, Chris Patten, and Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, and decided by an anonymous committee of the Japan Art Association. Honorary advisors include Jacques Chirac, David Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, Jr., Helmut Schmidt and Richard von Weizsacker.
The Praemium Imperiale is awarded in the memory of Prince Takamatsu (1905–1987), younger brother of Emperor Shōwa who reigned from 1926 through 1989. Prince Hitachi presents the awards to the selected laureates.
Table of laureates
Grants for Young Artists
Since 1997, a series of grants have been made to organizations which nourish young artists.
- 1997 Hanoi Conservatory of Music, Vietnam
- 1998 Polish National Film, Television and Theater School, Poland
- 1999 Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba
- 2000 Ulster Youth Orchestra, Northern Ireland
- 2001 Résidence du Festival, France
- 2002 European Union Youth Orchestra
- 2003 De Sono Associazione per la Musica, Italy
- 2004 Young Sound Forum of Central Europe
- 2005 Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy, Japan
- 2006 State Foundation of the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela
- 2007 West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
- 2008 Italian Youth Orchestra
- 2009 Kamerata Baltica, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
- 2010 Asian Youth Orchestra
- 2011 Southbank Sinfonia and The Royal Court Young Writers Programme
- 2012 The Sphinx Organization(Headquarters: Detroit, USA)
- 2013 The JuniOrchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome
- "Selection criteria". Official website. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
- Goldberger, Paul (October 27, 1994). "In 1994, What Draws Eyes? The Megaprize". The New York Times. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
- "Advisors". Official website. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
- "Grants for Young Artists". Official website. Retrieved October 2, 2010.