Gidon Kremer Awarded $150,000 Japanese Arts Prize

The Japan Arts Association has announced the recipients of the annual 'Praemium Imperiale' Awards - including Latvian violinist, Gidon Kremer

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The Japan Arts Association has today announced the recipients of the annual ‘Praemium Imperiale’ Awards – including Latvian violinist, Gidon Kremer.

Awarded in fields of achievement not represented by the Noble Prizes, Kremer who has been recognized for his ‘virtuosity and stylistic versatility’, will receive 15 Million JPY (US $147,000).

This year’s other category winners include architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, painter Cindy Sherman, sculptor Annette Messager and film and theatre Director Martin Scorsese.

The awards will be presented by Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Arts Association at an official ceremony in Japan, in October.

Launched in 1989, prior Praemium Imperiale Award winners include Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim.

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