Benedetti’s composer and Einstein director win Japan’s Praemium Imperiale

norman lebrecht

September 14, 2023

The American trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, whose violin concerto is being played the world over by his partner Nicola Benedetti, has won the music section of Japan’s most prestigious prize, worth around $100,000.

Also honoured is the opera director Robert Wilson, famed for Einstein on the Beach.

Latvian-American Vija Celmins won the Painting prize and Francis Kéré, from Burkina Faso/Germany, the Architecture award. Icelandic–Danish artist Olafur Eliasson was honoured in the Sculpture category.

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