Simon Steen-Andersen wins the Nordic Council Music Prize 2014 for Black Box Music

29.10.14 | News
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The Nordic Council Music Prize 2014 has been awarded to the Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen for Black Box Music at a ceremony in Stockholm.

Last year’s winner, Pekka Kuusisto, presented the DKK 350,000 prize in Stockholm City Hall and read from the adjudication committee’s motivation:

Motivation

“Black Box Music, by the innovative composer Simon Steen-Andersen (born 1976), is a unique and radically different work. Andersen plays, with great virtuosity, in the intersection between composition, installation art, electronica and performance. Black Box Music is a challenging piece of avant-garde music, quite unlike anything else, and yet embracing it requires no prior musical knowledge. It is unusual for a form of expression as personal as this to reach so many people. Andersen's works are played by musicians and at festivals all over the world, from Shanghai to South America and Europe. Black Box Music is captivating – an uncontrollable blend of craziness, humour, charm and exuberant inventiveness. The piece also meets this year’s criteria for the Nordic Council Music Prize: it is a work of high artistic quality and original in its genre. It has a clear structure and form, and its third movement contains elements that emerge spontaneously in the performance moment.”

Read more about Simon Steen-Andersen and Black Box Music here.