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The Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition


The Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

The Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition offers an international prize of US$200,000 in recognition of outstanding achievement by a living composer in a large musical genre: choral, orchestral, chamber, electronic, song-cycle, dance, opera, musical theater, extended solo work and more. The award is granted for a work premiered during the five-year period prior to the award date.

The Grawemeyer Award has achieved international recognition as the premier music composition award, regularly attracting between 150 and 200 entries from around the world. The judging involves three levels: the University of Louisville music faculty, an international jury of professionals and a lay (non-professional, but knowledgeable) panel.


Recipients of this award

Year Placing Awarded to Awarded for
2009 Winner Brett Dean The lost art of letter writing