John Adams wins prestigeous Dutch prize
The 2019 Erasmus Prize — €150,000 — was won by John Adams. He receives the prestigeous award in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in Europe.
The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, as the Dutch prize is called officially, is awarded annually to an individual or institution deemed to have made an exceptional international contribution to European culture, society, social sciences and/or the arts.
In an explanation the jury states that “John Adams is one of the most frequently performed living composers … he has made contemporary classical music communicate again … important at a time when this genre has increasing difficulty in finding a following …”.