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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 »

Polar Music Prize week 2013

On August 27, Kaija Saariaho and Youssou N’Dour will receive the Polar Music Prize on stage at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The Prize Ceremony will be broadcast live on TV4 starting at 5:00 PM. A summary … » Read More »

Youssou N’Dour

"The Polar Music Prize 2013 is awarded to Youssou N’Dour from Senegal. A West African griot is not just a singer, but a story teller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian. Youssou N’Dour is maintaining the griot tradition and has shown that it can also be changed into a narrative about the entire world. With his exceptionally exuberant band Super Étoile de Dakar (Dakar Star) and his musically ground breaking and political solo albums, Youssou N’Dour has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions. His voice encompasses an entire continent's history and future, blood and love, dreams and power."

Kaija Saariaho

"The Polar Music Prize 2013 is awarded to Kaija Saariaho from Finland. After studying at IRCAM in Paris, an institution for research and study of electro-acoustic music, Kaija Saariaho has developed into a unique composer, a metal worker's daughter who re-examines what music can be. When she was growing up, the music that inspired her came not from the radio but from the pillow; that was where she found the music she dreamt of. Kaija Saariaho combines acoustic instruments with electronics and computers. She has written chamber music, orchestral works and operas. Kaija Saariaho is a modern maestro who opens up our ears and causes their anvils and stirrups to fall in love."