Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia awards the Mauricio Kagel Music Prize for the first time. First recipient is the composer Georges Aperghis.
Mauricio Kagel (* 24 December 1931 in Buenos Aires, † 18 September 2008 in Co¬logne) was an all-rounder. He was a composer, conductor, director, writer of screenplays and radio dramas, teacher, essayist and in his Wedding Diary of 2008 a caricaturist and graphic Artist as well. A passionate perfectionist, a critical and original thinker, he was an ‘homme de lettres’ of great learning, an intellectual artist in the best sense of the word.
Mauricio Kagel was born into a Russian-Jewish family who had emigrated to Argentina. He came to Germany in 1957 on a DAAD scholarship and settled in Cologne, which be¬came his base. His varied activities, which radically broke with conventional ideas about how art comes about and how it should be presented and experienced, decisively influ¬enced the musical world for many decades. Today, three years after his death, Mauricio Kagel is seen as exemplifying for successful international cultural dialogue.
He substantially influenced the musical life of North Rhine-Westhalia both through his artistic work and as professor of new music-theatre at the Hochschule für Musik in Co¬logne.
The NRW Arts Foundation, established in 1989 by Johannes Rau, then prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, has been a firm supporter of contemporary music and per¬forming arts since its foundation. In keeping with its inter-genre approach to the funding of high-quality artistic projects, it has now initiated the MAURICIO KAGEL MUSIC PRIZE OF THE NRW ARTS FOUNDATION in order to reward internationally established artists who work, in the spirit of Mauricio Kagel, with the artistic experiment, interdisciplinary concepts and new strategies for the presentation and reception of contemporary arts.
The biannually awarded MAURICIO KAGEL MUSIC PRIZE OF THE NRW ARTS FOUNDA¬TION is worth €50,000, of which €30,000 go to the prize-winner and €20,000 should be used for the development of an artistic project in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The MAURICIO KAGEL MUSIC PRIZE OF THE NRW ARTS FOUNDATION completes the funding structures of the NRW Arts Foundation and represents an outstanding award in the area of music and the performing arts alongside the Nam June Paik Award for media art and the Translation Award of the NRW Arts Foundation.
The expert jury of Dr Winrich Hopp (Artistic director, Musikfest Berlin and Musica Viva Munich), Renate Liesmann (former music advisor to the city of Cologne, curator of the Rheinisches Musikfest, founder and artistic director of the Romanischer Sommer, Co¬logne), Louwrens Langevoort (director of the Kölner Philharmonie and managing director of KölnMusik), Marietta Piekenbrock (curator of Ruhr2010 and from 2012 head drama¬turge of the Ruhrtriennale) and Dr. Elisabeth Schweeger (director, KunstFestSpiele Her¬renhausen) delivered a unanimous vote: the first MAURICIO KAGEL MUSIC PRIZE OF THE NRW ARTS FOUNDATION goes to Georges Aperghis.
Georges Aperghis was born in Athens in 1945 and has lived in Paris since 1963. He is considered to be one of the most distinctive composers on the French musical scene. His output covers almost all the genres of instrumental and vocal music, although he par¬ticularly focuses on music-theatre, which he extends experimentally – and entirely within the spirit of Mauricio Kagel. In an intensive collaboration with musicians, singers and ac¬tors that also takes place during the composition of his works, Aperghis develops a highly charged theatre of gesture, movement and imagery. The visual dimension of his work has gained new qualities in recent years through the inclusion of film and video, and the composer has no doubt as to the socio-political reference of his artistic activity.
Georges Aperghis will receive the MAURICIO KAGEL MUSIC PRIZE OF THE NRW ARTS FOUNDATION in the Robert-Schumann-Saal, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf on 18 September 2011, the anniversary of the death of Mauricio Kagel. The award will be pre¬sented by Ute Schäfer, minister in the government of North Rhine-Westphalia and deputy chairwoman of the board of trustees of the NRW Arts Foundation. The musikFabrik will play works by Mauricio Kagel and Georges Aperghis.News-Archive