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Krzysztof Penderecki, Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, has died

The Jury has bestowed the Award in 2001 for “his talent for innovation in every genre” 


Krzysztof Penderecki, 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and honorary conductor, along with Jesús López Cobos, of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir, has died.

He received the award in 2001 because “his talent for innovation in every genre, even in times of political and social adversity, and his ability to integrate different facets of the music of the latter half of the twentieth century, make him a key player in projecting the culture of Eastern Europe towards the rest of the world.”

The Jury was chaired by José Lladó Fernández-Urrutia and made up of José Antonio Álvarez Gundín, Fernando Argenta, Álvaro Fernández-Villaverde y de Silva, duke of San Carlos, Guillermo García Alcalde, Manuel Gómez de Pablos Gónzalez, Luis Hernando, Rosa María Malet, Manuel Martín Ferrand, María Teresa Ocaña, Miguel de Oriol e Ybarra, Benigno Pendás García, Juan Ramón Pérez Las Clotas, Ana Rodríguez Navarro, Rodrigo Uría Meruéndano, Amelia Valcárcel and José Antonio Caicoya, as acting secretary.

The Awards Ceremony, which took place on 26th October, was presided over by HM King Felipe VI, then Prince of Asturias. Besides the address by His Majesty, the speeches at the ceremony were given by George Steiner, Doris Lessing and José Ramón Álvarez Rendueles, then President of the Foundation.

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