Henri Dutilleux at a Philharmonic performance of Timbres, espace, mouvement in March 2003, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich
On December 7, 2011, at the Plaza Athénée in Paris, Alan Gilbert named HENRI DUTILLEUX the inaugural recipient of the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. The prize, to be awarded every two years, recognizes extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music, and is one of the world's largest new-music prizes.
"It has been a privilege and a challenge to select the recipient of the inaugural Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. It offers us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the vital work of today's composers, whom we consider to be true heroes.
The criterion is that of 'extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music.' Despite the presence of many important compositional voices today, the committee unanimously decided upon the first honoree: Henri Dutilleux, one of the greatest composers of our time. His music is marked by a remarkable degree of beauty as well as precision, and it is no wonder that it has become an essential part of the modern orchestral repertoire.
The Kravis Prize for New Music Selection Committee congratulates Henri Dutilleux on his decision to share the proceeds of his prize with Peter Eötvös, Anthony Cheung, and Franck Krawczyk, each of whom will write a work to be performed by the Orchestra in his honor. This gracious act helps foster talent and further magnifies the attention on new music that the Kravis Prize was established to create.
Lastly, the committee would also like to express its appreciation and admiration of the commitment of Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis to music in general, and to new music in particular. Their remarkably generous gift has made it possible to celebrate the richness of today's compositional work."
— Music Director Alan Gilbert, on behalf of the Selection Committee
Also as part of the Kravis Prize for New Music, the Philharmonic will name a Kravis Emerging Composer in years when the main Kravis Prize is not given. Bestowed on a promising up-and-coming composer, the Kravis Emerging Composer will receive $50,000 and an opportunity to write for the Orchestra. The 2012 Kravis Emerging Composer will be American Sean Shepherd, who will write a new work for the Philharmonic to be performed in the 2013–14 season.
Click here to purchase the Philharmonic's September 2010 performance of Henri Dutilleux's Metaboles, conducted by Alan Gilbert, released in honor of the inaugural Kravis Prize.
Click here to view the commemorative book presented at the announcement.