Michel van der Aa wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Dutch composer Van der Aa has won the prize for his multimedia work Up-Close.

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music
Composition for his multimedia work Up-Close, which offers a unique blend of cello concerto with film. The Grawemeyer Award, granted annually by the University of Louisville, is the world’s most prestigious composition prize, worth $100,000
(€ 78,000).

Van der Aa’s Up-Close, premiered in 2011, was selected from a wide international field of entries, and the Grawemeyer’s prize announcement describes how “the 30-minute work is a highly innovative fusion of musical and visual art. It’s a virtuoso concerto but also a fascinating multimedia experience that defies simple classification. It really creates its own genre.”

In the Holland Festival 2013 Michel van der Aa will present his latest music theatre work Sunken Garden, a multimedia opera utilising 3d film telling a story which switches between cunning deception and occult truth, between the virtual and the real, between life and death.

Sunken Garden
3,4,6-9 June 2013
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Rabozaal
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