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The Laureates of the Polar Music Prize 2014 are CHUCK BERRY & PETER SELLARS

The Laureates of the Polar Music Prize 2014 are:
CHUCK BERRY & PETER SELLARS
Chuck Berry Citation:
The Polar Music Prize 2014 is awarded to Chuck Berry from St. Louis, USA. The
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Polar Music Prize 2014 Announcement

The announcement of the 2014 Polar Music Prize Laureates will take place on May 8th at 08.30 CET at the Stockholm City Hall. An opening speech will be held by the Mayor of Stockholm, Mr. Sten … » Read More »

Youssou N’Dour and Kaija Saariaho Awarded The Polar Music Prize 2013

STOCKHOLM, August 27, 2013 / PRNewswire/ – The Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho today received the 2013 Polar Music Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a gala … » Read More »

Peter Sellars

"The Polar Music Prize 2014 is awarded to Peter Sellars from Pittsburgh, USA. The director Peter Sellars is a living definition of what the Polar Music Prize is all about: highlighting the music and presenting it in a new context. With his controversial productions of opera and theatre, Peter Sellars has depicted everything from war and famine to religion and globalisation. Sellars has set Mozart in the luxury of Trump Tower and in the drug trade of Spanish Harlem, turned Nixon’s visit to China into opera and set Kafka’s obsession with home cleanliness to music. Peter Sellars shows us that classical music is not about dusty sheet music and metronomic precision, but that classical music, with its violent power and complexity, has fundamentally always been and will continue to be a way of reflecting and depicting the world."

Chuck Berry

"The Polar Music Prize 2014 is awarded to Chuck Berry from St. Louis, USA. The parameters of rock music were set one day in May 1955, when Chuck Berry recorded his debut single “Maybellene”. Chuck Berry was the rock’n’roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music. Every riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and a million other groups began to learn their craft by playing Chuck Berry songs. Chuck Berry is also a superb songwriter. In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run."