Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Awarded $1 Million Birgit Nilsson Prize

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Awarded roughly each 3 years, the Birgit Nilsson Prize honors “lively artists and establishments who’ve made a significant contribution to the perpetuation of their artwork kind.”

Endowed by the late Swedish Wagnerian soprano Brigit Nilsson, the coveted prize has been beforehand given to Plácido Domingo, Riccardo Muti, the Vienna Philharmonic, and Nina Stemme.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was introduced because the fifth recipient of the prize on what would have been Nilsson’s birthday, Might 17, 2022.

Ma will obtain the prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on October 18, 2022. The Prize ceremony will characteristic the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Swedish Radio Choir, along with youthful artists like Birgit Nilsson Stipendium recipients, soprano Johanna Wallroth and mezzo-soprano Emma Sventelius, and cellist Amalie Stalheim.

Additionally throughout his go to to Sweden, Yo-Yo Ma will carry out in live performance with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Alan Gilbert on October 16.

A UN Messenger of Peace, Yo-Yo Ma was the primary artist ever appointed to the World Financial Discussion board’s board of trustees. Amongst different philanthropic work, he’s a member of the board of Nia Tero, the US-based nonprofit working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and actions worldwide.

Ma’s discography contains over 100 albums, 18 of which have been Grammy Award winners, and his numerous accolades embody the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), Kennedy Heart Honors (2011), Polar Music Prize (2012), and the J. Paul Getty Medal Award (2016).

“I want I might have met Birgit Nilsson in particular person,” Yo-Yo Ma stated. “But, she is alive for me by way of the recordings of her legendary voice and the legacy of her nice generosity, her humorousness and a lifetime grounded in cultural values.

“It’s a nice privilege to obtain this honor and to play a small half within the legacy of considered one of our nice musical function fashions, an artist whose consideration was directed outward, towards younger individuals and music’s function in creating a greater world.”