Do we still need a special prize for women composers?main
The Heidelberg composing prize for women has been won this year by the Israeli Harvard professor, Chaya Czernowin.
We congratulate her.
Past winners include Saariaho, Neuwirth, Unsuk Chun and Iris ter Schiphorst, all well established and moderately well known, some of them even beyond the lily-pond of contemporary classical music.
Professor Czernowin has salaried security at Harvard. She has been composer in residence at the Salzburg Festival. She has a publisher and her works get performed.
The Heidelberg prize for women composers has been running since 1987. The prize money is a paltry 5,000 Euros. Maybe it’s time to lay it to rest as a 20th century anachronism.