Arvo Pärt received yesterday, March 14th, the German Music Author Award 2019 in the category Choral Music.
Astrid Koblanck, CEO of Universal Edition, accepted the prize on behalf of Arvo Pärt who was absent due to illness. The Estonian ambassador in Berlin, Mart Laanemäe, delivered the laudatory speech.
Wolfgang Rihm was awarded the German Music Author Prize 2019 for his life's work. The laudation was held by Winrich Hopp.
Wolfgang Rihm expressed his thanks for the prize in a very charming greeting video.
Both UE composers were celebrated.