The very-slowly-outgoing Berlin Phil chief – he leaves in 2018 – was in Denmark at the weekend to collect a cheque. It was for 80,000 Euros and it came wrapped as the Leonie Sonning Music Prize, an annual event.
One political cartoonist thought it was for having the biggest hair. The columnist seemed to agree.
Next year’s Sonning prize goes to a clarinet player*. Biggest teeth, I guess.
*PR blurb just in: The clarinettist Martin Fröst has been announced as the next recipient of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious music awards in the world. Since 1959, the Danish Sonning Music Prize has been presented to the leading musical personalities of their day, includingIgor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Miles Davis,Alfred Brendel, Keith Jarrett and Isaac Stern. Martin Fröst is, besides Birgit Nilsson (1966) andEric Ericson (1991), the only Swede to receive this international award.