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Grawemeyer Award (Music Composition)

The Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition /ˈɡrɔːmaɪər/ is an annual prize instituted by H. Charles Grawemeyer, industrialist and entrepreneur, at the University of Louisville in 1984. The award was first given in 1985. Subsequently the Grawemeyer Award was expanded to other categories: Ideas Improving World Order (instituted in 1988), Education (1989), Religion (1990) and Psychology (2000). The prize fund was initially an endowment of US$9 million from the Grawemeyer Foundation. The initial awards were for $150 000 each, increasing to $200 000 for the year 2000 awards.

The selection process includes three panels of judges. The first is a panel of faculty from the University of Louisville, who hosts and maintains the perpetuity of the award. The second is a panel of music professionals, often involving conductors, performers, and composers (most frequently the previous winner). The final decision is made by a lay committee of new music enthusiasts who are highly knowledgeable about the state of new music. This final committee of amateurs makes the final prize determination because Grawemeyer insisted that great ideas are not exclusively the domain of academic experts.

The award has most often been awarded to large-scale works, such as symphonies, concerti, and operas. Only two Award-winning pieces (György Ligeti's Piano Etudes and Sebastian Currier's Static) do not require a conductor in performance.

Recipients of the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

Year Recipient Composition Notes
1985 Witold Lutosławski Symphony No. 3 (1973–1983) for orchestra
1986 György Ligeti Études (1985) for piano
1987 Harrison Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus (1984) opera
1988 not awarded
1989 Chinary Ung Inner Voices (1986) for orchestra
1990 Joan Tower Silver Ladders (1986) for orchestra
1991 John Corigliano Symphony No. 1 (1988) for orchestra
1992 Krzysztof Penderecki Symphony No. 4 "Adagio" (1989) for large orchestra
1993 Karel Husa Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1988)
1994 Toru Takemitsu Fantasma/Cantos (1991) for clarinet and orchestra
1995 John Adams Violin Concerto (1993)
1996 Ivan Tcherepnin Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (1995)
1997 Simon Bainbridge Ad Ora Incerta – Four Orchestral Songs from Primo Levi (1994) for mezzo-soprano, bassoon and orchestra; poems by Primo Levi
1998 Tan Dun Marco Polo (1995) opera
1999 not awarded
2000 Thomas Adès Asyla, Op. 17 (1997) for orchestra
2001 Pierre Boulez Sur Incises (1996–1998) for 3 pianos, 3 harps and 3 mallet instruments
2002 Aaron Jay Kernis Colored Field (1994) for cello and orchestra
2003 Kaija Saariaho L'amour de loin (2000) opera
2004 Unsuk Chin Violin Concerto (2001)
2005 George Tsontakis Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003)
2006 György Kurtág ...Concertante..., Op. 42 (2003) for violin, viola and orchestra
2007 Sebastian Currier Static (2003) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
2008 Peter Lieberson Neruda Songs (2005) song-cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra; poems by Pablo Neruda
2009 Brett Dean The Lost Art of Letter Writing (2006) violin concerto
2010 York Höller Sphären (2001–2006) for orchestra
2011 Louis Andriessen La Commedia (2004–2008) multimedia opera based on Dante's The Divine Comedy
2012 Esa-Pekka Salonen Violin Concerto (2008–2009)
2013 Michel van der Aa Up-Close, Concerto (2010) for cello, string ensemble and film

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