Riccardo Muti wins £100k

Riccardo Muti wins £100k


norman lebrecht

July 11, 2018

The Italian conductor, 76, was named winner of Japan’s Praemium Imperiale.

Among this year’s other receipients is the French actor Catherine Deneuve.


  • Doug says:

    Why is there a cash prize going to distinguished individuals with, no doubt, a substantial balance in their Swiss account?

  • George says:

    I wonder how many struggling arts organizations could have used this money? Or groups doing outreach in the ghetto? I guess Muti can buy another yacht or Tuscan villa now.

  • Rob says:

    Can I have some

  • boringfileclerk says:

    He’s worth every penny and more! Congratulations!

  • Rosemary Forbes-Butler says:

    Presumably Maestro Muti will give it away to worthy causes ?

    • Ruben Greenberg says:

      -not impossible.

    • Bill says:

      I remember going to a George Shearing concert years ago. He encouraged us to give, that it goes to a worthy cause, the blind. Then with a big grin on his face, he added “well, one of them, anyway!”

    • Mark Mortimer says:

      He could spend some of it on a swanky near hair style. You know the old joke about Muti- popular in Italy. He’s stuck in the middle of the desert & cries to the heavens ‘Dei Aqua’. God obliges & Muti cups out his hands & runs the proceeds through his fine locks.

  • anon says:

    I understand Ms Deneuve only got £30,000.

    • Max Grimm says:

      I don’t know where you heard that but so far, since the establishment of the prize, each of the five Praemium Imperiale laureates have received their own ¥15.000.000 / ~€114.767 / ~£101.468 .
      This year…
      Painting – Pierre Alechinsky
      Sculpture – Fujiko Nakaya
      Architecture – Christian de Portzamparc
      Music – Riccardo Muti
      Film/Theater – Catherine Deneuve

      • Bruce says:

        Maybe Anon was trying to make a joke?

        • Max Grimm says:

          Perhaps. What truly is a joke however, is that, on the topic of conductors, we have a thread for Barenboim and Buenos Aires, Muti and his £100.000 prize but nothing about a certain modest, humble and truly great musician celebrating his 91st birthday (depending on your location today/yesterday; July 11th)….Happy Birthday Herbert Blomstedt!

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    For crying out loud. He needs the $$$. Jaap is making much more than that in Dallas and he’s only half as good.

  • Karen Fodor says:

    ==Happy Birthday Herbert Blomstedt!

    Yes, it’s disappointing that SD didn’t pick up on this.