Turkish award for Arvo Pärt
On Monday the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has been awarded the the second honoree of this year’s İstanbul International Music Festival.
Pärt received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 38th festival from the hands of the Turkish President Abdullah Gül and his Estonian colleague, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. This took place during a ceremony ahead of the premiere performance of “Adam’s Lament,” Pärt’s newest symphonic work.
The composition is dedicated to İstanbul, and had its world premiere at the historic Aya İrini Museum.