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27 Feb  

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation’s Erasmus Prize , worth €150,000, is awarded each year to the a person or institution ‘that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts, in Europe and beyond.’


In awarding the prize to composer John Adams the jury observed that Adams has ‘created a new musical idiom by fusing elements from jazz, pop and classical music’, which, they say, ‘has made contemporary classical music ‘communicate’ again, important at a time when this genre has increasing difficulty in finding a following.’ They also praised him for addressing social themes in his music as well as for his conducting and writing.


The Foundation is planning a a programme of John Adams events to mark the award.


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