The Spanish BBVA Foundation today announced the laureate of the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the field of music, the recipient of the award is composer Arvo Pärt. He was nominated by the director of the Pau Casals Foundation, Jordi Pardo.
The award is presented in eight categories to acknowledge outstanding achievements in the fields of natural sciences and technology, humanities and music. The name of the award refers to the fact that the laureates have managed to shift the frontiers of our knowledge of the world.
Arvo Pärt was presented with the award in the category of music and opera, which has previously been awarded to composers such as Steve Reich, Pierre Boulez, John Adams, György Kurtág, Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Kaija Saariaho.
The jury for the prize comprised internationally renowned experts, who are selected each year by the Foundation in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)). This year the jury for the category of music and opera comprised Paul Douglas Hillier (artistic director of the collective Theatre of Voices, Denmark), Mauro Bucarelli (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Italy), Pedro Halffter (composer and conductor, Spain), Andrew McGregor (BBC Radio 3 presenter, UK), prof. Robert Sholl (professor of music, University of West London, UK), and Víctor García de Gomar (artistic director of Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain).
BBVA is the largest bank in Spain, and established the Foundation to support contributions to societal values in a broad array of areas. The Frontiers of Knowledge Awards have been awarded since 2008.