The Times Literary Supplement runs an occasional squib about writers who are showered with prizes just for being themselves. Top of its leaders board at present are Amos Oz and Philip Roth.
In music, it’s not much of a contest. The composer with most prizes, year on year, is the German household favourite, Wolfgang Rihm.
And the conductor?
It’s got to be…
He has just added the 250,000 Euro Ernst von Siemens prize to his bulging collection.
Cheer up, old chap. It’s tax free.
Previous Siemens winners include Herbert von Karajan, Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Henri Dutilleux, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Hans Werner Henze.