French composer Henri Dutilleux has won the prestigious international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize this year, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation announced on Henri Dutilleux Friday [28 January].
Dutilleux, born in Angers in 1916, was one of the "great single individuals in contemporary French music," alongside compatriots and previous prizewinners Oliver Messiaen (1908ñ1992) and Pierre Boulez (born 1925), the prize jury said.
His "organic, filigree" music did not adhere to traditional forms and was characterised by its "poetic clarity". Throughout his career, Dutilleux had consistently steered clear from trends and fashions.
While Dutilleux's early works suggested influences by composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Roussel and Honegger, he later went on to produce a relatively small output of great breadth and originality, predominantly instrumental pieces.
His oeuvre includes two symphonies, orchestral pieces such as MÈtaboles, Timbre, espace, mouvement, concertos for violin (L'Arbre des songes) and cello (Tout un monde lointain), piano music and the string quartet Ainsi la nuit.
The ceremony for the 150,000-euro ($195,000) award will take place in Munich on 3 June.
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