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Sofia Gubaidulina Receives ‘Frontiers of Knowledge Award’

The BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) Foundation has just announced at a press conference that the composer Sofia Gubaidulina will be awarded the ‘Frontiers of Knowledge Award’ (category ‘contemporary music’) of the BBVA Foundation, endowed with 400,000 Euros. Sofia Gubaidulina is thus the first woman to receive this prestigious award.

The foundation has justified its decision as follows:
“The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Contemporary Music category goes, in this ninth edition, to composer Sofia Gubaidulina. The jury in its citation singles out the ‘outstanding musical and personal qualities’ of the Russian composer, whose works demonstrate ‘the exceptional range and quality of her music, which builds on a diversity of traditions in individual and innovative ways, using a range of instruments that sometimes draw on folk music and improvisation.’ The citation also highlights the ‘spiritual quality’ imbuing Gubaidulina’s work, together with ‘the transformative dimension of her music, ensuring it a broad dissemination beyond conventional audiences for contemporary music.’”

Former prize winners have included Helmut Lachenmann, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich and György Kurtág. Gubaidulina was included in the press conference via telephone. The prize will be presented at an awards ceremony scheduled to take place on 15 June 2017 in Madrid. On the evening prior to this, the BBVA Foundation will be organising a concert in honour of the composer at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The ‘Frontiers of Knowledge Award’ is intended to honour pioneering results in scientific research as well as high achievements in the area of artistic creativity. It has been awarded since 2009 in eight categories: fundamental sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics), biomedicine, ecology and nature-protection biology, information and communication technologies, economics, financial management, contemporary music, climatic change and developmental cooperation.


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