Ernst von Siemens Music Prize

The international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (short: Siemens Music Prize, German: Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis) is an annual music prize given by the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste (Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts) on behalf of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation), established in 1972. The foundation was established by Ernst von Siemens (1903–1990) and promotes contemporary music. The prize honors a composer, performer, or musicologist who has made a distinguished contribution to the world of music. In addition to the main prize, other prizes are also given. The total prize money given is currently 3.5 million euros, with the winner of the main prize receiving €250,000.[2] The prize is sometimes known as "the Nobel Prize of music".[3]

Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
Awarded for"personalities whose compositions, interpretations, writings, or teaching served music and promoted the love of music"[1]
Sponsored byErnst von Siemens Music Foundation, Zug, Switzerland
Presented byBayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste and Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
Reward(s)€250,000 (main prize)
First awarded1974

The foundation has been accused of gender bias,[4] having awarded the main prize twice to a woman (Anne-Sophie Mutter and Rebecca Saunders) in 45 years.[5] The jury has been also accused in 2018 of giving American minimalist composers no chance at all.[6]

Smaller awards are called "Förderpreis" (encouragement award). "Komponisten-Förderpreise" ("Composers' Prizes") are given to young composers for one of their works. "Förderprojekte" ("Grant-in-Aid Projects") support music festivals, concerts, musical institutions, and young musicians.

Main prize winners

Winners of the main prize were:[5]

Composers' Prize winners

Winners of the Composers' Prize (Förderpreis) were:[11]


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  3. "Composer Brian Ferneyhough wins 2007 Siemens Music Prize". Stanford Report. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  4. Lemke-Matwey, Christine (26 January 2017). "Männerquote 42:1". Zeit Online (in German). Hamburg. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. "Prize Winner Archive". Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. Brug, Manuel (23 January 2018). "Es bleibt im Ghetto: Beat Furrer erhält Siemens Musikpreis". Die Welt (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. "Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis an Pierre-Laurent Aimard verliehen" (Press release). Munich: Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. dpa. 3 June 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. Braunmüller, Robert (23 January 2018). "Beat Furrer ist der Preisträger 2018". Abendzeitung (in German). München. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. Dippel, Roland H. (5 May 2018). "Plädoyer für Live-Konzerte: Beat Furrer erhielt den Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis 2018". neue musikzeitung. Regensburg. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  10. Amling, Ulrich (17 January 2019). "Berliner Komponistin erhält Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Berlin. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. "Composers' Prize winners". Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  12. "Drei Millionen für die Gegenwartsmusik". neue musikzeitung (in German). Regensburg. 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
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