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Some of his most important compositions are: 2nd Symphony (1959, commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation for the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch), Metaboles (1965) commissioned by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under George Szell, L'arbre des songes for violin and orchestra (1985) commissioned by the Orchestre National de France for Isaac Stern, Mystere de l'Instant (1989) commissioned by Paul Sacher, and The Shadows of Time (1997) commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For this work he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in London in 1998 and his memberships include an honorary one at the Royal Academy of Music (since 1996). Awards include the Grand Prix National de la Musique (1967), Grand Prix International du Disque (1983), Prix International Maurice Ravel (1987), Prix du Conseil International de la Musique (1987), Praemium Imperiale (1994, Japan), the Cannes Classical Award (1999), and the Grand Prix de la presse musicale internationale (1999).

Among the conductors who have played or premièred his works are Simon Rattle, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Sergiu Celibidache. He has also been a member of the Academie Royale de Belgique since 1973, and in 1981 became an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, who said of him: 'Dutilleux is an artist who has steadfastly maintained his vision of music. Exacting his standards for himself, each work is beautifully wrought and informed by the magic of a unique imagination.'

Pergamenschikow plays Dutilleux on Chandos (CHAN 9565)

Dutilleux's imagination has specifically benefited the contemporary cello oeuvre. One need only think of his Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello (1976), or his Tout un Monde Lontain (Concerto for cello and orchestra), which was recorded by Boris Pergamenschikow for Chandos Records (CHAN 9565).

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