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Princess of Asturias Awards

02/26/2014

Paco de Lucía, Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, has died

He was conferred the Award in 2004 for transcending “frontiers and styles” and for becoming “a musician of universal proportions”.

Paco de Lucía, 2004 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. ©FPA

Francisco Sánchez Gómez - Paco de Lucía, 2004 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, has died.

The Jury decided by majority vote to bestow the 2004 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts on Paco de Lucía. "This Algeciras-born artist from the province of Cádiz has transcended frontiers and styles to become a musician of universal proportions. Using the flamenco guitar as his starting point, he has incorporated the Spanish classical repertoire -from Albéniz to Falla- the emotion of the bossa nova and the soul of jazz. The whole gamut of what can possibly be expressed with six guitar strings emanates from his hands as they come alive in response to the heart-stirring, profound sensitivity and the unsullied sonorous clarity and precision that are born of the greatest and purest of performing skills", as stated in the Minutes of the Jury.

The jury was chaired by José Fernández-Urrutia Lladó and made up of José Luis Álvarez, Fernando Argenta, Inés Argüelles, Juan Cruz, Fernando Delgado, Jorge Fernández Bustillo, Álvaro Fernández-Villaverde y de Silva,  José Luis Garci, Guillermo García-Alcalde, Rosina Gómez-Baeza, Juan Carlos Laviana, Carlos Madera, Manuel Martín Ferrand, Beatriz Pecker, Benigno Pendás García, Juan Ramón Pérez Las Clotas, Emilio Sagi, Rodrigo Uría Meruéndano, Amelia Valcárcel, José Velasco, Miguel Zugaza Miranda and José Antonio Caicoya acting as secretary.

The Awards Ceremony, which took place on 22nd October, was presided over by HRH The Prince of Asturias. The speeches at the ceremony were given by Claudio Magris, Jean Daniel, Viviane Reding, at that time European Union commissioner for Education and Culture, on behalf of the Erasmus programme, the then President of the Foundation, José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles, and HRH Prince Felipe de Borbón.

The following is a list of the Laureates that year:

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR THE ARTS

Francisco Sánchez Gómez, Paco de Lucía

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR LITERATURE

Claudio Magris

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES

Paul Krugman

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR COMMUNICATION AND HUMANITIES

Jean Daniel

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Judah Folkman, Tony Hunter, Joan Massagué Solé, Bert Vogelstein and Robert Weinberg

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The ERASMUS Programme

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR CONCORD

The Way of Saint James

PRINCE OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR SPORT

Hicham El Guerrouj

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