Michel van der Aa is the worthy winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for his multimedia cello concerto, Up-Close. Michel, 42, is one of the most thoughtful and inventive creators of his generation. He has an opera coming up this season at English National Opera.
The Grawemeyer, at $100,000, used to be the biggest pay day a composer could hope for. Its value has declined a bit, but the prestige is still high. The winner gets chosen by a small jury which includes the past year’s winner. Michel was voted for by Esa-Pekka Salonen who was, in turn, chosen by Michel’s sometime teacher, Louis Andriessen.
Here’s last night’s anouncement.
B&H publicity photo (c) Marco Borggreve
And here’s a trailer for the work: