Rhinegold Publishing write:
The 2019 international Ernst von Siemens prize has been awarded to British composer Rebecca Saunders.
The award is given for lifelong service to music and is accompanied by a prize of 250,000 euros.
Previous winners include Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messiaen, György
Ligeti, Claudio Abbado, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, György Kurtág, Daniel
Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Mariss Jansons. Saunders is the first
female composer to win the prize.
The presentation ceremony will be held on 7 June at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.
The Board of Trustees described Saunders’ work as leaving a ‘visible
and meaningful mark on contemporary music history through its
astonishingly nuanced attention to timbre, and her distinctive and
intensely striking sonic language’.
Saunders has previously described her work as ‘an attempt to create
and sculpt sounds drawn from beneath a surface of apparent silence.’
A ‘portrait’ concert celebrating her work is performed by Ensemble
Modern and soprano Juliet Fraser at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 19