Mahler-inflected Serbo-Swede wins world’s biggest composition prizemain
Belgrade born in 1975, Zivkovic went to study violin at the Royal Academy in Stockholm when he was 25 and has lived there ever since. His award-winning work was premiered this year at the Wiener Konzerthaus.You can hear it below. The opening riff is oddly reminiscent of Mahler’s second symphony.
The Grawemeyer, founded in 1989, is worth $100,000. Recent winners include Michel van der Aa, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Louis Andriessen.