Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy

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The Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy
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Awarded for Global achievement in Arts and Philosophy
Location Kyoto, Japan
Presented by Inamori Foundation
First awarded 1985
Official website

The Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy is awarded once a year by the Inamori Foundation for lifetime achievements in the arts and philosophy. The Prize is one of three Kyoto Prize categories; the others are the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology and the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences. The first Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy was awarded to Olivier Messiaen in 1985, the "greatest composer to have emerged from 20th century France".[1] The Prize is widely regarded as the most prestigious award available in fields which are traditionally not honored with a Nobel Prize.[2]

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), the first recipient of the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy.


A Kyoto laureate is awarded a gold medal, a diploma, and a prize money of 50 million yen (US$530,000 or €413,000 as of March 2013), making it one of the richest literary prizes in the world.

Kyoto laureates in Arts and Philosophy[edit]

The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually in three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. The category Arts and Philosophy consists of four fields which are awarded in alternating cycles: Music, Arts, Theater and Cinema, and Thought and Ethics.


Year Name Nationality
2013 Cecil Taylor  United States
2009 Pierre Boulez  France
2005 Nikolaus Harnoncourt  Austria
2001 György Ligeti  Hungary
1997 Iannis Xenakis  Greece
1993 Witold Lutosławski  Poland
1989 John Cage  United States
1985 Olivier Messiaen  France


Year Name Nationality
2014 Fukumi Shimura  Japan
2010 William Kentridge  South Africa
2006 Issey Miyake  Japan
2002 Tadao Ando  Japan
1998 Nam June Paik  United States
1995 Roy Lichtenstein  United States
1990 Renzo Piano  Italy
1986 Isamu Noguchi  United States

Theater, Cinema[edit]

Year Name Nationality
2011 Tamasaburo Bando V  Japan
2007 Pina Bausch  Germany
2003 Tamao Yoshida  Japan
1999 Maurice Béjart  France
1994 Akira Kurosawa  Japan
1991 Peter Stephen Paul Brook  Germany
1987 Andrzej Wajda  Poland

Thought and Ethics[edit]

Year Name Nationality
2012 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak  India
2008 Charles Taylor  Canada
2004 Jürgen Habermas  Germany
2000 Paul Ricœur  France
1996 Willard Van Orman Quine  United States
1992 Karl Popper  Austria  United Kingdom
1988 Paul Thieme  Germany

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Olivier Messiaen". Inamori Foundation. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kyoto Prize honors achievement and character". USA Today. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2013.