Dame Evelyn Glennie awarded Polar Music Prize

-Posted on 11.03.2015

Congratulations to alumna Dame Evelyn Glennie, who has been named a 2015 Laureate of the Polar Music Prize.

The Scottish percussionist will receive her award at a ceremony in Stockholm presented by Sweden’s King Carl XVI on the 9th of June.

The Polar Music Prize, the music industry’s equivalent to the Nobel prize, was founded in 1992 by Abba manager and lyricist Stig Anderson. The prize honours musical achievements and breaking of boundaries, with an award presented to one laureate from both the contemporary and classical music world. Dame Evelyn shares this year’s prize with US country singer Emmylou Harris.

Previous winners of the prize include Academy alumnus Sir Elton John, Bob Dylan, Renée Fleming, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Pierre Boulez.

Dame Evelyn Glennie has released more than 30 solo albums, received three Grammys for music and was the first performer to create a full-time career as a solo percussionist. Her world-wide performances include the opening ceremony of London’s Olympic Games in 2012.

‘This award is so interesting, because it is recognising many different musicians from different musical backgrounds’, she told the BBC’s Colin Paterson.

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