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Arvo Pärt awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 June 2015

This Monday, 15 June 2015, Heinz Fischer, the president of the Republic of Austria, ceremonially presented the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art – which is the state’s highest decoration for remarkable services in this field of activity – to Arvo Pärt.

The decoration has been awarded since 1955, and the fact that the number of its recipients is strictly limited, makes it special. There can be only 72 people wearing the decoration at the same time, half of which are Austrian citizens and half foreign nationals.

Find out more on the website of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

Arvo Pärt, Heinz Fischer

Watch an excerpt from the concert that was held during the ceremony:

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