Kaija Saariaho is $500,000 richer

The expat Finn has received the BBVA Foundation’s Frontiers of Knowledge Award. It’s worth 400,000 Euros.

So who said there’s no money in composing?

UPDATE: The jury consisted of:

Nicholas Cook, Emeritus Professor of Music at Cambridge (UK).

Pwyll Ap Sion, Professor in Music at Bangor University (UK).

Tom Huizenga, NPR music producer.

The violinist Leila Josefowicz;

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3;

and Alex Ross, New Yorker music critic.

Diverse, huh?


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  • I’m sure she’s doing just fine already. I’ll never understand the classical music establishment’s constant need to reward itself with these big payouts when money is scarce.

    • It is symbolic…. for the party that gives. The more money is given to an artist, the more it says: look what a wonderful fish I have caught. Whether it is jusified or not, depends entirely upon the nature of the fish – is it really that big an animal or merely a sprat?

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