Arvo Pärt

Honorary degrees and 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 – 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 – Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, Vatican
  • 2012 – University of Lugano, Faculty of Theology, Switzerland
  • 2014 – St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, USA
  • 2016 – University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2018 – Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Poland

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, United Kingdom
  • 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 – Estonian 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 Republic of Estonia
  • 1998 – Order of the National Coat of Arms, 2nd class, 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 – C. A. Seghizzi Composition Award for choral work, 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, 2nd degree, Russia
  • 2006 – Order of the National Coat of Arms, 1st class, Estonia
  • 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 – Lifetime Achievement Award of 38th International Istanbul Music Festival
  • 2010 – Baltic Image Enhancement Award, USA
  • 2010 – Coat of Arms of Lääne-Viru County, Estonia
  • 2011 – Homage to Arvo Pärt by Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany
  • 2011 – Coat of Arms of Tallinn
  • 2011 – Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, 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 – Order of St Anthony and St Theodosius of Pechersk, 2nd degree, Ukraine
  • 2013 – Orlando-di-Lasso-Medaille, Germany
  • 2013 – Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • 2014 – Lifetime achievement award by the Estonian American National Council, USA
  • 2014 – Praemium Imperiale, Japan
  • 2015 – Coat of Arms of Järva County, Estonia
  • 2015 – Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Cross of Merit, 1st class
  • 2015 – Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
  • 2015 – Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) Lifetime Achievement Award, Estonia
  • 2016 – Annual award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 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
  • 2017 – Honoured Artist of Music, International Association of People in Music, Russia
  • 2018 – Golden Medal for Merit to Culture— Gloria Artis, Poland

Before Christmas, the Arvo Pärt Centre will close earlier than usual. On 20 and 22 December the centre will be open until 4pm. On 21 December we will be open until 3pm. From 23 December 2018 until 1 January 2019, the centre will be closed for the Christmas holidays. We look forward to seeing you again on 2 January.

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