Yo-Yo Ma Wins the Polar Music Prize
The Laureates of the Polar Music Prize 2012 are:
YO-YO MA & PAUL SIMON
Yo-Yo Ma Citation:
The Polar Music Prize 2012 is awarded to Yo-Yo Ma, the leading cellist of our time. Yo-Yo Ma has dedicated his virtuosity and his heart to journeys of musical exploration and discovery around the world. With a cello and curiosity in his wake, Yo-Yo Ma has in travelling routes like the Silk Road, united people from every continent. Yo-Yo Ma is living proof that music is communication, passion and the ability to share experience.
Paul Simon Citation:
The Polar Music Prize 2012 is awarded to Paul Simon. Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of “world-class songwriter.” For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by (re)joining the world’s continents with his music. With consummate skill, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics that never fail to capture the currents of his age, Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations.
The Laureates will receive the prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall to be followed by a celebratory banquet at Grand Hôtel on Tuesday 28th of August. The ceremony will be broadcast live on national television (TV4). Later in the evening, a summary of the ceremony and the banquet will be broadcast. The event attracts international media, members of the international music business, celebrities, artists, musicians, government ministers, politicians and leading members of society and industry.
Each recipient receives a total amount of one million SEK.
The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Stig ”Stikkan” Anderson, a true legend in the history of Swedish popular music. Stig Anderson was the publisher, lyricist and manager of ABBA, and he played a key role in their enormous success. The name of the prize stems from Anderson’s legendary record label, Polar Music.
The Polar Music Prize is an international music prize, which is awarded to individuals, groups or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music.
The Polar Music Prize awards two laureates in order to celebrate music in all its various forms and to emphasize the original intention of the Polar Music Prize: To break down musical boundaries by bringing together people from all the different worlds of music.
The board of the Polar Music Prize Foundation consists of representatives from the Stig Anderson family, SKAP (The Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers) and STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society). The task of scrutinizing nominations submitted and selecting the ultimate laureates is empowered The Polar Music Award Committee comprising of internationally renowned artists and musicians as well as other key figures in the Swedish music industry.
Today, the Polar Music Prize has become one of the most prestigious music prizes in the world. The list of Laureates speaks for itself:
Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Witold Lutoslawski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Quincy Jones, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Pierre Boulez, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Ericson, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Iannis Xenakis, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Isaac Stern, Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Miriam Makeba, Keith Jarrett, B.B. King, György Ligeti, Gilberto Gil, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Valery Gergiev, Led Zeppelin, Sonny Rollins, Steve Reich, Renée Fleming, Pink Floyd, Maestro Abreu & El Sistema, Peter Gabriel, Ennio Morricone, Björk, Kronos Quartet and Patti Smith have all been bestowed with the Prize since its inception in 1992. In 1992 the Baltic States were also awarded the Prize to encourage them in their work for protection of copyright.
An announcement video together with publicity photos and this press release are available for downloading on our web site, PolarMusicPrize.org.
2011 Kronos Quartet and Patti Smith
2010 Ennio Morricone and Björk
2009 José Antonio Abreu & El Sistema and Peter Gabriel
2008 Renée Fleming and Pink Floyd
2007 Steve Reich and Sonny Rollins
2006 Valery Gergiev and Led Zeppelin
2005 Gilberto Gil and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
2004 B.B. King and György Ligeti
2003 Keith Jarrett
2002 Sofia Gubaidulina and Miriam Makeba
2001 Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog and Karlheinz Stockhausen
2000 Bob Dylan and Isaac Stern
1999 Stevie Wonder and Iannis Xenakis
1998 Ray Charles and Ravi Shankar
1997 Eric Ericson and Bruce Springsteen
1996 Pierre Boulez and Joni Mitchell
1995 Sir Elton John and Mstislav Rostropovich
1994 Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Quincy Jones
1993 Dizzy Gillespie and Witold Lutoslawski
1992 Sir Paul McCartney and The Baltic States
YO-YO MA IN CONCERT
The Stockholm Concert Hall and the Polar Music Prize proudly present a concert with the 2012 Polar Music Prize Laureate Yo-Yo Ma and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo. The concert will take place at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Saturday, August 25th, 7 pm. For further information and tickets go towww.konserthuset.se.
PAUL SIMON IN CONCERT
The 2012 Polar Music Prize Laureate Paul Simon will perform his landmark album Graceland at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Sunday, July 22nd, 7.30 pm. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Graceland. The concert is produced by Live Nation Sweden. For further information and tickets go to www.livenation.se.
POLAR MUSIC TALKS
Listen to the Polar Music Prize Laureates of 2012 being interviewed about their artistry. Please note that there will be a limited amount of tickets for this event.
POLAR MUSIC SESSIONS
The Polar Music Sessions is a knowledge sharing event held in connection to the Polar Music Prize, tapping in to the brilliant minds that attend the awards with the objective to learn more about how music and entertainment is shaping the way we live, work and play. The Polar Music Sessions offer “jam sessions” with cutting edge topics and international thought leaders who meet their Swedish peers and exchange ideas and experiences. The topics span over a wide range, such as new opportunities in the music industry to property rights, technical innovation, and the healing properties of music. We aim to bring together some of the hottest leaders, entrepreneurs, artists and music aficionados.
For updates on Polar Music Talks and Polar Music Sessions go to PolarMusicPrize.org.