Wihuri Sibelius Prize
|Wihuri Sibelius Prize|
|Awarded for||"prominent composers who have become internationally known and acknowledged"|
|Sponsored by||Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes|
The Wihuri Sibelius Prize is a music prize awarded by the Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes to prominent composers who have become internationally known and acknowledged. The Wihuri Sibelius Prize is one of the biggest and most prestigious music prizes in the world of classical music. The first Sibelius Prize was awarded to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, whom the prize was named after, in 1953. By 2015, the Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes has awarded altogether 16 Wihuri Sibelius Prizes, the latest award climbing up to €150,000. The Wihuri Sibelius Prize winner is selected by a five-member committee that consists of experts from Finnish music institutions. The prize may be awarded to private individuals or organizations regardless of nationality, religion, race or language.
Winners of the prize were:
|1955||Paul Hindemith||West Germany|
|1958||Dmitri Shostakovich||Soviet Union|
|1963||Igor Stravinsky||United States|
|1965||Benjamin Britten||United Kingdom|
|2000||György Ligeti||Hungary/ Austria|
|2015||Harrison Birtwistle||United Kingdom|||
|2017||Unsuk Chin||South Korea|||
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- "Sir Harrison Birtwistle Sibelius Prize Winner 2015". Helsinki: Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "Unsuk Chin, Sibelius Prize Winner 2017". Helsinki: Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- Kim, Hoo-ran (11 October 2017). "Composer Chin Un-suk wins Sibelius Prize". The Korea Herald. Seoul. Retrieved 11 October 2017.