Polar Music Prize for José Antonio Abreu
The Venezuelan composer José Antonio Abreu has won the prestigious Polar Music Prize for Classical Music 2009. The winner for pop music was singer Peter Gabriel. Both will receive a reward of one million kroner (appr. $120,000) from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Abreu was praised for his work which "shows us what is possible when music is made the common ground and thereby part of people's everyday lives".