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Conductor Mariss Jansons Awarded Prestigious €100,000 Danish Bursary

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Leonie Sonning Music Foundation Prize

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has today been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Leonie Sonning Music Foundation Prize.

Regarded as Denmark’s highest classical music honour, the bursary is awarded annually to an internationally recognised composer, instrumentalist, conductor or singer.

Maestro Jansons, 74 will receive EUR 100,000 (US $107,000), a monotype by Danish painter Maja Lisa Engelhardt – and a concert with the Danish National Orchestra, dedicated in his honour.

Previous recipients include: Igor Stravinsky (1959), Leonard Bernstein (1965), Benjamin Britten (1968), Sergiu Celibidache (1970), Yehudi Menuhin (1972), Dimtri Shostakovich (1973), Mstislav Rostropovich (1981), Isaac Stern (1982), Gidon Kremer (1989) and Anne-Sophie Mutter (2001), Yo Yo Ma (2006) and Leonidas Kavakos (2017)

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