Organisers said Dame Evelyn Glennie (left) and Emmylou Harris are “richly deserving” winners
Scottish virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and US country singer Emmylou Harris have been named 2015 Laureates of the Polar Music Prize.
They will receive their awards from Sweden’s King Carl XVI at a ceremony in Stockholm on 9 June.
Dame Evelyn – who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12 – said she was “humbled and inspired” to be awarded music’s version of the Nobel Prize.
Harris, a 13-time Grammy winner, said she was “surprised and honoured”.
Dame Evelyn, who played at the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, was the first person in history to have a full-time career as a solo percussionist.
“This award is so interesting, because it is recognising many different musicians from different musical backgrounds,” she told the BBC’s Colin Paterson in an interview for Radio 4’s Today programme.
Dame Evelyn performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics
The musician, who turns 50 this year, made her career possible by encouraging composers to make pieces for her.
“The commissioning aspect, obviously that has been the most important part of my career,” she told the BBC at her studio in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
“When I started there was just simply too little repertoire to sustain a career.”
Since the Polar Music Prize was founded by Abba manager and lyricist Stig Anderson in 1992, it has honoured musical achievements and boundary breaking.
Each year it recognises one laureate from the contemporary music world and one from the more classical realm.
Organisers called 2015’s Laureates “richly deserving” winners with “exceptional music careers”.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment