2009

The Polar Music Prize was presented today for the eighteenth year in succession. The laureates
were the Venezuelan conductor, composer and economist José Antonio Abreu and composer, artist
Peter Gabriel. Each laureate received prize money to the amount of one million Swedish kronor
(USD 122 000/EUR 92 000.) His Majesty the King of Sweden handed over the prizes during a
nationally televised ceremony, which took place at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
The citations were read by Mary Robinson, previous president of Ireland and Jan Eliasson,
previous foreign minister of Sweden. The laureates also received pieces of art specially made
for them by the artists Karin Mamma Andersson and Jochum Nordström.

The ceremony were honored with celebrity guests as His Majesty the King of Sweden, Her Majesty
The Queen, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria, Jan Björklund, Sven Otto Littorin, Anders
Borg, Maud Olofsson, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Robert Weil, Torsten Larsson, Per Schlingman,
Filippa Knutsson, Christian Pol Roger, Martin Timell, Kattis Ahlström, Eva Swartz Grimaldi, Ulrika
Messing, Torsten Jansson, Margareta von der Bosch, Björn Borg, Johan Renck, Annika Lantz,
Charlotte Perrelli, Malena Ernman, Carola Häggkvist, Niclas Frisk, members of The Soundtrack
Of Our Lives and many more.

Petra Nordlund McGahan and Tilde de Paula were the hostesses at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
The prize-giving ceremony included performances by the artists Salem al Fakir, Martin Stenmarck,
Uno Svenningsson, Maia Hirasawa, Andreas Johnson and Moto Boy. The music school Lilla
Akademien performed all classical pieces.


José Antonio Abreu and El sistema

José Antonio Abreu
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