Riccardo Muti wins £100k

July 11, 2018 by norman lebrecht


The Italian conductor, 76, was named winner of Japan’s Praemium Imperiale.

Among this year’s other receipients is the French actor Catherine Deneuve.

Comments (23)

  1. Doug says:

    Why is there a cash prize going to distinguished individuals with, no doubt, a substantial balance in their Swiss account?

    1. Caravaggio says:

      Because it’s a self-congratulatory, self-perpetuating, rigged, disconnected from reality system.

    2. Bill says:

      Because the person with the cash thought it was a good idea. More reflected glory than giving it to you or me, or anyone else that would elicit a general reaction to the news of “who?”, even though we might appreciate it more!

    3. Petros Linardos says:

      Do we know whether Muti will follow the common practice of passing on the prize money to charity?

  2. George says:

    I wonder how many struggling arts organizations could have used this money? Or groups doing outreach in the ghetto? I guess Muti can buy another yacht or Tuscan villa now.

  3. Rob says:

    Can I have some

  4. boringfileclerk says:

    He’s worth every penny and more! Congratulations!

    1. Sue says:

      Agree. How detestable is envy??!! But it’s the Left’s schtick.

        1. barry guerrero says:

          That’s because the right’s schtick owns the means of production AND everything else. Oh, wait, I’m so thankful for my ‘trickle down’ allowance. I’ll never be envious again.

  5. Rosemary Forbes-Butler says:

    Presumably Maestro Muti will give it away to worthy causes ?

    1. Ruben Greenberg says:

      -not impossible.

    2. Bill says:

      I remember going to a George Shearing concert years ago. He encouraged us to give, that it goes to a worthy cause, the blind. Then with a big grin on his face, he added “well, one of them, anyway!”

      1. Ruben Greenberg says:

        Typical of the sense of humour of this great man and great pianist.

        1. Sue says:

          Wasn’t he just great? Those Concord jazz recordings of him with Mel Torme are just gold.

    3. Mark Mortimer says:

      He could spend some of it on a swanky near hair style. You know the old joke about Muti- popular in Italy. He’s stuck in the middle of the desert & cries to the heavens ‘Dei Aqua’. God obliges & Muti cups out his hands & runs the proceeds through his fine locks.

  6. anon says:

    I understand Ms Deneuve only got £30,000.

    1. Max Grimm says:

      I don’t know where you heard that but so far, since the establishment of the prize, each of the five Praemium Imperiale laureates have received their own ¥15.000.000 / ~€114.767 / ~£101.468 .
      This year…
      Painting – Pierre Alechinsky
      Sculpture – Fujiko Nakaya
      Architecture – Christian de Portzamparc
      Music – Riccardo Muti
      Film/Theater – Catherine Deneuve

      1. Bruce says:

        Maybe Anon was trying to make a joke?

        1. Max Grimm says:

          Perhaps. What truly is a joke however, is that, on the topic of conductors, we have a thread for Barenboim and Buenos Aires, Muti and his £100.000 prize but nothing about a certain modest, humble and truly great musician celebrating his 91st birthday (depending on your location today/yesterday; July 11th)….Happy Birthday Herbert Blomstedt!

  7. Old Man in the Midwest says:

    For crying out loud. He needs the $$$. Jaap is making much more than that in Dallas and he’s only half as good.

  8. Karen Fodor says:

    ==Happy Birthday Herbert Blomstedt!

    Yes, it’s disappointing that SD didn’t pick up on this.

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