As part of the 38th International Istanbul Music Festival, Arvo Pärt was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on behalf of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts (IKSV).
The awards ceremony included the world première of Adam’s Lament, Pärt’s new work for choir and string orchestra. The work emerged from a co-commission by two European Capitals of Culture – Istanbul 2010 and Tallinn 2011. Gül: “He is a truly exciting composer. It makes us excited that he dedicated his Adam’s Lament to Istanbul.”