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Princess of Asturias Awards

03/02/2018

Jesús López Cobos, Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, has died

He received the Award in 1981 for his “outstanding position in the European panorama of symphonic music and opera” 

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Jesús López Cobos, 1981 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and honorary conductor, along with Krzystof Penderecki, of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir, has passed away.

As stated in the Minutes of the Jury, he was granted the Award “in recognition of his most outstanding position in the European panorama of symphonic music and opera, to which must be added the desire to stimulate to which the award-winner contributes directly, with no detriment to his brilliant international career, to the intense work with the National Orchestra.”

Chaired by Federico Sopeña, the Jury was composed of Antonio Bonet Correa, Jesús María Caamaño, Miguel Fisac, José Gudiol, Orlando Pelayo and José Ramón Fernández Cueva and Antonio Caicoya Cores (as acting secretary).

The Award Ceremony took place on 3rd October and was presided over by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía and the then Prince of Asturias, King Felipe VI. The speeches at the ceremony were given by José Hierro; José Ferrater Mora, 1985 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities; José Ortega Spottorno, on behalf of María Zambrano; Margarita López Portillo, on behalf of José López Portillo; Graciano García, then Director of the Prince of Asturias Foundation; and His Majesty King Felipe VI.  

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