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Since there is now a German Pope in Rome, and a musical one as well, one of the cash awards went to the Guardini Foundation in Berlin, to commission a Roman Mass on occasion of World Youth Day, which takes place in August 2005 in Cologne, with Pope Benedict XVI present.

The importance of the German-Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) was also honoured by the Foundation, for one of the support awards went to the 'Musical Concepts' (Musik-Konzepte) publishing house in Berlin, to financially support the translation of some of Busoni's writings on music.

Henri Dutilleux (right) with Prof Dr Dieter Borchmeyer, Präsident der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste. Photo © Hajo Zylla
Henri Dutilleux (right) with Prof Dr Dieter Borchmeyer, Präsident der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste. Photo © Hajo Zylla

All in all, it was an enjoyable event, where the 89-year-old star of the evening won the hearts of everyone in the invitation-only audience, not only with his music but also with his charming personality and his gracious style. On accepting the 150,000 euro prize, Dutilleux did not forget to mention his long-time wife, the pianist Genevieve Joy, and even said a few words in English before going back into his native French to say what a great honor it was for him to be chosen for this important award.

Copyright © 9 June 2005 Tess Crebbin, Germany

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Some previous winners of the
Ernst von Siemens Music Prize:

1976 Mstislav Rostropovich
1977 Herbert von Karajan
1980 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
1983 Witold Lutoslawsky
1984 Yehudi Menuhin
1987 Leonard Bernstein
1994 Claudio Abbado
1999 Arditti Quartet
2002 Niklaus Harnoncourt
2004 Alfred Brendel

ERNST VON SIEMENS FOUNDATION

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GRACE UNDER PRESSURE - MUSIC BY HENRI DUTILLEUX

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