Honorary Degrees & Awards

Honorary Doctorates

  • 1989 Estonian Academy of Music
  • 1996 University of Sydney, Australia
  • 1998 University of Tartu, Estonia
  • 2002 University of Durham, United Kingdom
  • 2003 The National University of General San Martín, School of Humanities, Argentina
  • 2007 University of Freiburg, Faculty of Theology, Germany
  • 2009 University of Liège, Belgium
  • 2010 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • 2011 The Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, Vatican
  • 2012 University of Lugano, Faculty of Theology, Switzerland
  • 2014 St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, USA
  • 2016 Oxford University, United Kingdom

Honorary Memberships

  • 1991 Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA
  • 2001 Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium
  • 2003 Royal School of Church Music, Salisbury, Great Britain
  • 2004 Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy
  • 2014 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)

Memberships

  • 2009 Foreign member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • 2011 Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican
  • 2011 Member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Academician for Music, Tallinn, Estonia

Grammy Nominations

  • 1989 Passio – Best Contemporary Composition (ECM New Series 1370)
  • 1991 Miserere – Best Contemporary Composition (ECM New Series1430)
  • 1994 Te Deum – Best Performance of a Choral Work (ECM New Series 1505)
  • 1998 Kanon Pokajanen – Best Classical Contemporary Composition (ECM New Series 1654/55)
  • 2002 Orient & Occident – Best Classical Contemporary Composition (ECM New Series 1795)
  • 2002 Orient & Occident – Best Classical Album (ECM New Series 1795)
  • 2006 Da Pacem – Best Choral Performance (Harmonia Mundi HMU 097401)
  • 2009 In Principio – Best Classical Contemporary Composition (ECM New Series 2050)
  • 2010 Symphony No. 4 – Best Classical Contemporary Composition (ECM New Series 2160)
  • 2013 Adam’s Lament – Best Contemporary Classical Composition (ECM New Series 2225)
  • 2013 Adam’s Lament – Best Choral Performance (ECM New Series 2225)

* Twice albums with Arvo Pärt’s music have received a Grammy Award:

  • 2007 Da Pacem – Paul Hillier, conductor (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Harmonia Mundi HMU 097401) for the Best Choral Performance
  • 2014 Adam’s Lament – Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Sinfonietta Riga, Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, soloists Tui Hirv and Rainer Vilu; ECM New Series 2225) for the Best Choral Performance

Other awards, decorations

  • 1962 First Prize for cantata “Our Garden”, Composers Forum Moscow, Russia
  • 1978 Estonia SSR annual music award for “Tabula rasa”
  • 1981 DAAD fellowship (German Academic Exchange Service), Berlin, Germany
  • 1989 Edison Classical Music Award for CD “Passio” (ECM New Series 1370)
  • 1995 Honorary Citizen of Rakvere, Estonia
  • 1997 Independent Russian Arts Award “Triumph”, Moscow, Russia
  • 1998 Culture Award of the Estonian Republic
  • 1998 Second Class Order of the National Coat of Arms, Estonia
  • 2000 Herder Prize, Germany
  • 2001 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic
  • 2002 Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
  • 2003 Composition Award for choral work, C. A. Seghizzi, Gorizia, Italy
  • 2003 Honorary title “Borderlander” given by the Borderland Foundation, Sejny, Poland
  • 2003 Classic Brit Award – Contemporary Music Award for “Orient & Occident”, United Kingdom
  • 2005 Composer of the Year, Musical America, USA
  • 2005 European Church Music Prize, Germany
  • 2005 Order of Most Reverend Sergius of Radonezh II degree, Russia
  • 2006 Estonian National Honour First Class
  • 2007 International Prize “Baltic Star”, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2007 International Brückepreis Award of the European City of Görlitz / Zgorzelec
  • 2008 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Denmark
  • 2008 Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art First Class
  • 2009 Lifelong Achievement Award of the Republic of Estonia
  • 2009 Honorary Citizen of Paide, Estonia
  • 2010 Lifelong Achievement Award of 38th International Istanbul Music Festival
  • 2010 Baltic Image Enhancement Award, USA
  • 2010 Coat of Arms of Lääne-Viru county, Estonia
  • 2011 Hommage for Arvo Pärt by Konrad Adenauer Fund, Germany
  • 2011 Coat of Arms of Tallinn
  • 2011 Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France
  • 2011 Classic Brit Award – Composer of the Year for Symphony No. 4, United Kingdom
  • 2012 Prize of the International Festival Cervantino, Mexico
  • 2012 Estonian Music Council Composition Award
  • 2013 The Order of St. Anthony and St. Theodosius of Pechersk II degree, Ukraine
  • 2013 Orlando-di-Lasso-Medaille, Germany
  • 2013 Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • 2014 Lifetime achievement award by the Estonian American National Council for extraordinary contributions of artistic and cultural significance, USA
  • 2014 Praemium Imperiale, Japan
  • 2015 Coat of Arms of Järva county, Estonia
  • 2015 Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Cross of Merit First Class
  • 2015 Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
  • 2015 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) Lifetime Achievement Award, Estonia
  • 2016 Estonian Cultural Endowment annual award for outstanding contributions to the musical culture of the world in 2015
  • 2016 Honorary Citizen of Keila Parish, Estonia
  • 2016 Medal of the Pontifical Council for Culture “Per Arte ad Deum”, Poland
  • 2016 Cultural Merit Order of Romania in the Category of Music
  • 2017 Edison Classical Music Award for the best choral performance – album “Kanon Pokajanen”(Harmonia Mundi HMC 905274), Netherlands
  • 2017 Ratzinger Prize, Vatican

Last updated on 17.11.2017