Young Cellist Cops $80G Denmark Prize

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Young Cellist Cops $80G Denmark Prize

Post by Ralph » Wed Oct 26, 2005 6:48 pm

Yo-Yo Ma Wins $80,000 Sonning Music Prize

By Ben Mattison
October 26, 2005

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is the winner of the 2006 Sonning Music Prize, a 500,000 kroner ($80,000) award presented annually by Denmark's Léonie Sonning Music Foundation.The prize is a "symbol of honor to be awarded to an internationally acknowledged composer, musician, conductor, or singer." Previous winners include pianist Arthur Rubenstein, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, composer György Ligeti, violinist Isaac Stern, and conductor-composer Pierre Boulez. Conductor John Eliot Gardiner won the 2005 prize.

Ma will receive the prize at a concert on December 10, 2006. He will also lead a master class for young Danish cellists.

Ma, one of the most popular classical musicians in the world, is known for his performances in recital, with chamber groups, and as soloist with orchestra. Since 1998, he has been the major force behind the Silk Road Project, which documents and performs the music of the cultures along the ancient Silk Road from the Mediterranean to China.

His 50 albums include Appalachian, Brazilian, and Baroque music, as well as the standard classical repertoire. His most recent recordings include the Silk Road Ensemble's Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon, which spent much of the year at the top of the Billboard classical chart, and a two-disc compilation titled The Essential Yo-Yo Ma.
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Post by Brendan » Wed Oct 26, 2005 6:54 pm

Whilst I do not consider Ma to be ancient, anyone with a decade on me I can't consider 'young' anymore. :cry:

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Post by Ralph » Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:25 pm

Brendan wrote:Whilst I do not consider Ma to be ancient, anyone with a decade on me I can't consider 'young' anymore. :cry:
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Aw, c'mon mate. Young is what you thinks you is, not what you actually is.
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Post by davidreece » Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:25 pm

"The prize is a "symbol of honor to be awarded to an internationally acknowledged composer, musician, conductor, or singer."

Does that mean that composers, conductors and singers aren't musicians?

:roll:

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Post by Ralph » Fri Oct 28, 2005 11:54 pm

davidreece wrote:"The prize is a "symbol of honor to be awarded to an internationally acknowledged composer, musician, conductor, or singer."

Does that mean that composers, conductors and singers aren't musicians?

:roll:
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That's come up now and then on these boards over the years. Most consider conductors, singers, composers to be musicians but, strictly speaking, the term is often reserved for those playing an instrument.

In orchestras the librarian is actually a member and many consider him/her to be a musician. I have no problem with that.
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Post by Lance » Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:18 am

Ralph wrote:
davidreece wrote:"The prize is a "symbol of honor to be awarded to an internationally acknowledged composer, musician, conductor, or singer."

Does that mean that composers, conductors and singers aren't musicians?

:roll:
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That's come up now and then on these boards over the years. Most consider conductors, singers, composers to be musicians but, strictly speaking, the term is often reserved for those playing an instrument.

In orchestras the librarian is actually a member and many consider him/her to be a musician. I have no problem with that.
No wonder you're such a successful lawyer/professor. You have a way of putting things into words that is ... exceptional!

BTW, I have no problem with your description, either. I suppose the term "musician" could have been exchanged for "instrumentalist," but ... it's merely a choice of words.
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Post by MahlerSnob » Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:36 am

At 50 I don't consider Ma to be young either. Especially since his professional career began nearly 30 years ago.
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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Oct 30, 2005 1:56 am

Comes the Ralph interpreter again.

I think we should allow Ralph his usual (and always welcome) irony in choosing and naming his threads. He knows that Ma is not young, and he knows that it is gratuitous to give an award worth a relative pittance to a world-famous performer.

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