Our old friend Esa-Pekka Salonen has won the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, one of the most prestigious in classical music, for his 2009 Violin Concerto. The prize comes along with $100,000 cash, which is just as good as money.

I’m happy to say I was at the premiere of the work. My rather breathless review is here, but I guess I was more or less right — it sounded like 100 grand.

The LA Times has details on the award here.

Alex Ross interviews Salonen here.

In its official announcement, the University of Louisville (which hands out the Grawemeyer) calls Salonen’s piece “Violin Concerto” — with the quotation marks. That makes it sound as if Salonen has written an ironic work, but rest assured it’s not.

I wonder if Esa-Pekka drank some of this vodka after hearing the news.

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