The Grawemeyer Award, the richest prize for contemporary composition, is greatly coveted by all who put notes to paper. Apart from the prestige, there’s $100,000 in an envelope, which is more than most living composers see from their work in a decade.
This year’s winner has just been announced.
It is Esa-Pekka Salonen for his violin concerto. Here’s his victory interview with Alex Ross.
Would you say the Salonen violin concerto is the best new work of the past year? Listen here. You judge.