Simon Steen-Andersen Receives the Carl Nielsen Prize

On October 25, 2013 the renowned Edition·S – music¬sound¬art composer Simon Steen-Andersen receives the honorary Carl Nielsen Prize.

The press release sent out in March 2013 states:

”Simon Steen-Andersen has since the millennium distinguished himself as an original and uncompromising composer, who not only uses traditional instruments, but also involves electronic sound, video and performance in his often spectacular concerts. Despite being uncompromising he experience great interest especially from the younger audience all over the world, where his music is performed, and Steen-Andersen still attracts increasing attention from leading international ensembles and institutions.”

The ceremony takes place on Friday October 25, 2013 at the Black Diamond, the Royal Library in Copenhagen, followed by a concert performed by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. At the concert audiences have an opportunity to experience some of Simon’s greatest works; Double Up (2010), RunTime Error (2009) and Study for String Instrument #3 (2011).

In addition to the honour, Simon Steen-Andersen receives 600.000 DKKr. for his professional work as a composer.

About the prize

Composer Carl Nielsen and sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s two daughters founded the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Grant in 1957 in memory of their parents.

The foundation gives out awards every other year to one or more Danish composers, conductors or musicians. The prizes are awarded as a special recognition of the already shown talent and as an encouragement and help to each artist’s future work.

Carl Nielsen’s popularity has made it possible for the foundation to award three honorary awards of 600.000 DKKr. each year. Every other year the three prizes are awarded to Danish composers and musicians, and every other year to Danish sculptors.