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The Léonie Sonning Music Prize, or Sonning Award, which is recognized as Denmark's highest musical honor, is given annually to an international composer or musician. It was first awarded in 1959 to composer Igor Stravinsky. Laureates are now selected by the directors of The Léonie Sonning Music Foundation, which was founded in 1965. The diploma is in Danish, and the prize includes DKK 600,000 (EUR 80,000; US$ 125,000) and a monotype by the Danish painter Maja Lisa Engelhardt. Honorees are treated to a concert, typically held in Copenhagen, and are often invited to teach a master class of Danish musicians. The award is not directly related to the Sonning Prize, which is the Danish award presented by a foundation in memory of Sonning's late husband, Carl Johann Sonning. Léonie Sonning Music Prize Laureates[edit]

Year Country Laureate

1959  Soviet Union Igor Stravinsky

1965  United States Leonard Bernstein

1966  Sweden Birgit Nilsson

1967  Poland Witold Lutosławski

1968  United Kingdom Benjamin Britten

1969  Bulgaria Boris Christoff

1970  Romania Sergiu Celibidache

1971  Poland/ United States Arthur Rubinstein

1972  United States Yehudi Menuhin

1973  Soviet Union Dmitri Shostakovitch

1974  Spain Andrés Segovia

1975  West Germany Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

1976  Denmark Mogens Wöldike

1977  France Olivier Messiaen

1978  France Jean-Pierre Rampal

1979  United Kingdom Janet Baker

1980  France Marie-Claire Alain

1981  Soviet Union Mstislav Rostropovich

1982  United States Isaac Stern

1983  Czechoslovakia Rafael Kubelík

1984  United States Miles Davis

1985  France Pierre Boulez

1986  Soviet Union Sviatoslav Richter

1987   Switzerland Heinz Holliger

1988  Germany Peter Schreier

1989  Soviet Union Gidon Kremer

1990  Hungary/ Austria György Ligeti

1991  Sweden Eric Ericson

1992  Hungary/ United Kingdom Georg Solti

1993  Austria Nikolaus Harnoncourt

1994  Poland Krystian Zimerman

1995  Russia Yuri Bashmet

1996  Denmark Per Nørgård

1997  Hungary/ United Kingdom Andras Schiff

1998  Germany Hildegard Behrens

1999  Russia Sofia Gubaidulina

2000  Denmark Michala Petri

2001  Germany Anne-Sophie Mutter

2002  Austria Alfred Brendel

2003  Hungary György Kurtág

2004  United States Keith Jarrett

2005  United Kingdom John Eliot Gardiner

2006  United States Yo-Yo Ma

2007  Denmark Lars Ulrik Mortensen

2008  Estonia Arvo Pärt

2009  Argentina Daniel Barenboim

2010  Italy Cecilia Bartoli

2011  Finland Kaija Saariaho

2012  Spain Jordi Savall

2013  United Kingdom Simon Rattle

2014  Sweden Martin Fröst

2015  United Kingdom Thomas Adès

2016  Sweden Herbert Blomstedt

2017  Greece Leonidas Kavakos[1]

2018  Latvia Mariss Jansons

References[edit]

^ "Violinist Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos
wins Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2017". The Strad. London. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 

Léonie Sonning Music Foundation official website

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Léonie Sonning Music Prize Laureates

1950s

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
(1959)

1960s

Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
(1965) Birgit Nilsson
Birgit Nilsson
(1966) Witold Lutosławski
Witold Lutosławski
(1967) Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten
(1968) Boris Christoff
Boris Christoff
(1969)

1970s

Sergiu Celibidache
Sergiu Celibidache
(1970) Arthur Rubinstein
Arthur Rubinstein
(1971) Yehudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin
(1972) Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
(1973) Andrés Segovia
Andrés Segovia
(1974) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
(1975) Mogens Wöldike (1976) Olivier Messiaen
Olivier Messiaen
(1977) Jean-Pierre Rampal
Jean-Pierre Rampal
(1978) Janet Baker
Janet Baker
(1979)

1980s

Marie-Claire Alain
Marie-Claire Alain
(1980) Mstislav Rostropovich
Mstislav Rostropovich
(1981) Isaac Stern
Isaac Stern
(1982) Rafael Kubelík
Rafael Kubelík
(1983) Miles Davis
Miles Davis
(1984) Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez
(1985) Sviatoslav Richter
Sviatoslav Richter
(1986) Heinz Holliger (1987) Peter Schreier
Peter Schreier
(1988) Gidon Kremer
Gidon Kremer
(1989)

1990s

György Ligeti
György Ligeti
(1990) Eric Ericson
Eric Ericson
(1991) Georg Solti
Georg Solti
(1992) Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
(1993) Krystian Zimerman
Krystian Zimerman
(1994) Yuri Bashmet
Yuri Bashmet
(1995) Per Nørgård
Per Nørgård
(1996) András Schiff
András Schiff
(1997) Hildegard Behrens (1998) Sofia Gubaidulina
Sofia Gubaidulina
(1999)

2000s

Michala Petri
Michala Petri
(2000) Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter
(2001) Alfred Brendel
Alfred Brendel
(2002) György Kurtág
György Kurtág
(2003) Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
(2004) John Eliot Gardiner
John Eliot Gardiner
(2005) Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
(2006) Lars Ulrik Mortensen (2007) Arvo Pärt
Arvo Pärt
(2008) Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim
(2009)

2010s

Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli
(2010) Kaija Saariaho
Kaija Saariaho
(2011) Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall
(2012) Simon Rattle
Simon Rattle
(2013) Martin Fröst
Martin Fröst
(2014) Thomas Adès
Thomas Adès
(2015) Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
(2016) Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos
(2017) Mariss Jansons
Mariss Jansons
(2018)

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Classical music
Classical music
awards

Asia

Eastern

Hamamatsu International Piano Competition Suntory Music Award Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

Western

Arthur Rubinstein
Arthur Rubinstein
International Piano Master Competition

Europe

Eastern

Enescu Prize International Chopin Piano Competition International Tchaikovsky Competition

Northern

Classic Brit Awards Gramophone Classical Music Awards Harriet Cohen International Music Award International Opera Awards Leeds International Piano Competition Léonie Sonning Music Prize Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize Royal Philharmonic Society
Royal Philharmonic Society
Gold Medal Royal Philharmonic Society
Royal Philharmonic Society
Music Awards The Queen's Medal for Music Wihuri Sibelius Prize

Western

Arnold Schönberg Prize Brahms-Preis Cannes Classical Awards Echo Klassik Edison Classical Music Awards Ernst von Siemens Music Prize Gaudeamus International Composers Award Gaudeamus International Interpreters Award Handel Music Prize Herbert von Karajan Music Prize Hindemith Prize International Classical Music Awards International Franz Liszt Piano Competition Matthijs Vermeulen Award Mendelssohn Scholarship Nederlandse Muziekprijs Queen Elisabeth Competition Schneider-Schott Music Prize

America

Northern

Avery Fisher Prize Grammies Grawemeyer Award Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music Leventritt Competition Pulitzer Prize for Music Richard Tucker Award Stoeger Prize Van Cliburn International

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