The musician, bandleader and composer wrote his Violin Concerto in 2019 for Nicola Benedetti


Wynton Marsalis. Photo: Joe Martinez

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The Japan Art Association has announced that US trumpeter, bandleader and composer Wynton Marsalis has received the 2023 Praemium Imperiale prize for Music. The award is worth 15 million yen (£82,000).

Marsalis, 61, has previously won nine Grammy awards, and is the only musician to have won in both the jazz and classical categories. He has also received the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He has released 127 recordings since his debut in 1982. As a composer he is perhaps best known to readers of The Strad for his 2019 Violin Concerto, dedicated to Nicola Benedetti. It will be performed by Benedetti and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali on 9 November at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

‘It is with great honour and respect that I accept the 2023 Praemium Imperiale for Music by the Government of Japan in conjunction with the Japan Art Association,’ Marsalis said.

Launched in 1988, the Praemium Imperiale awards are given by the Japan Art Association under the honorary patronage of HIH Prince Hitachi, younger brother of the Emperor Emeritus of Japan. Previous recipients of the Music award have included Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma, Riccardo Muti, Arvo Pärt, Mitsuko Uchida, Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman.


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