Schott Music is proud to announce that Thomas Larcher has been awarded the 2018 Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco Musical Composition Prize for his work Symphony No.2 ‘Kenotaph’.
Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco was established in 1966 by Prince Rainier III in memory of his father Prince Pierre, a great lover and patron of arts. Today the foundation is chaired by Princess Caroline of Hannover, and is committed to the promotion of contemporary literature, music and art.
The Musical Composition Prize is given every three years and awards €75,000 as well as the commission of an original composition. Previous recipients of the award include György Ligeti, Michael Tippett, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Kurtág, Péter Eötvös and George Benjamin.
Larcher’s Symphony No. 2 is a 35-minute long, four-movement symphony whose subtitle ‘Kenotaph’ (cenotaph) commemorates “the thousands upon thousands of people who have drowned in the Mediterranean” during the refugee crisis, expressing both grief and outrage.
Following its premiere with the Vienna Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov in 2016, Larcher’s Symphony No. 2 has quickly attracted a reputation as one of the major orchestral works in recent years. The piece has been given further performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Robin Ticciati and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Markus Stenz. The symphony will receive its US and Finnish premieres later this season with the New York Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra respectively, with many more performances to come.