Kaija Saariaho wins Golden Lion
In September finnish composer Kaija Saariaho will receive the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement. The opening day of this festival will be dedicated to Saariaho.
According to the jury Saariaho is being honoured in particular for her 1999 work Oltra Mar. They call it "an absolute masterpiece…a harmonically complex but transparent composition, and a synthesis of unusual metamorphic orchestral colours influenced by Impressionism”.