This may be the biggest advance for Nordic culture since the Vikings left Newcastle.
The Danish composer Per Norgard has won the New York Philharmonic’s 200,000 cash stipend for new music, the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize.
The judging panel was slightly weighted to the north. It contained the NY Phil music director Alan Gilbert (former chief of the Stockholm Phil) and Esa-Pekka Salonen (Finnish new-tech netrepreneur) among other worthies.
But there’s no denying Norgard’s merit. I’m just listening to a new recording of his symphonies by the Vienna Philharmonic, no less.
(He might look a little less morose today).