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Distinguished ARTIST Award

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2013 Distinguished Artist Award Recipients

David Lang & Krzysztof Pederecki 

David Lang received the 2013 Distinguished Artist Award at the New York 2013 Congress, The Culture of Innovation.  View other ISPA Award winners.

David Lang

David Lang received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the vocal ensemble Theater of Voices, directed by Paul Hillier.  His recent works include love fail for the early music vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, with libretto and staging by Lang, at the Kennedy Center, UCLA and the Next Wave Festival at BAM; reason to believe, for Trio Mediaeval and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; death speaks, for Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Owen Pallett, at Carnegie Hall; writing on water for the London Sinfonietta, with libretto and visuals by English filmmaker Peter Greenaway; and the difficulty of crossing a field, a fully staged opera with the Kronos Quartet.  The CD of the little match girl passion, on Harmonia Mundi, won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance.  

Lang is Musical America’s Composer of the Year for 2013 and will hold Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Chair in Composition for the 2013/2014 season.  He is Professor of Composition at the Yale School of Music and co-founder of New York's legendary music festival, Bang on a Can.

Krzysztof Penderecki received the 2013 Distinguished Artist Award at the Wrocław 2013 Congress, The Next Chapter.  View other ISPA Award winners.

Mr. Krzysztof Penderecki is an outstanding and globally acclaimed composer and conductor.  Born in Debica on 23 November 1933, his father, a lawyer and an enthusiastic violin player, brought his son into contact with music very early on.  The prizes awarded to Penderecki for his many works include the Prix Arthur Honegger, the Sibelius Prize, the Cannes Classical Award as 'Living Composer of the Year', the Prince of Asturias Award and the Romano Guardini Prize.  He also holds a number of positions with academic and other institutions as well as honorary memberships, doctorates and professorships at numerous major academies (the Royal Academy of Music, American Academy of Arts and Letters and others).

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