Finnish composer and conductor awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition.

Finnish composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has been awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition.

The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music established the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition in 2004 to honour the outstanding achievement of a modern classical music composer. The award consists of $100,000 cash prize, a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a four non-consecutive week residency at the Bienen School of Music.

“Esa-Pekka Salonen is not only one of today’s leading composers but one whose stylistic evolution sheds a unique light on music’s future,” Bienen School of Music Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery said. “The students of the Bienen School will benefit greatly from his musicianship and insight, both as a composer and conductor. We look forward to his visits to the Northwestern campus over the next two years.”

Salonen, who is currently principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, received three nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards, two of which were for the Deutsche Grammophon recording of his Violin Concerto.

Previous winners of the prize include John Adams (2004), Oliver Knussen (2006), Kaija Saariaho (2008), John Luther Adams (2010) and Aaron Jay Kernis (2012).