Louis Andriessen to write commissioned work for New York Phil

Posted on: November 21, 2016

“The New York Philharmonic will offer its audiences a taste of new Amsterdam when the Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden becomes its music director in the 2018-19 season,” writes Michael Cooper in Saturday’s (11/19) New York Times. “The orchestra announced Thursday that it was awarding the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music … to the influential Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. The award comes with $200,000 and a commission to write a new work for the Philharmonic, which Mr. van Zweden will conduct during his inaugural season…. Andriessen’s work has been championed in New York in recent years, including at Carnegie Hall … and the Park Avenue Armory, which staged his ‘De Materie’ earlier this year…. The prize was announced on Thursday evening at David Geffen Hall … The prize … was first awarded in 2011 to Henri Dutilleux, who shared the proceeds with three composers: Anthony Cheung, Franck Krawczyk and Peter Eotvos. In 2014, the winner was Per Norgard…. The decision was made by a selection committee that also included [current New York Philharmonic Music Director] Alan Gilbert … Esa-Pekka Salonen, its composer-in-residence; and several others.”

Posted November 21, 2016