Wihuri Sibelius Prize

Wihuri Sibelius Prize
Antti Wihuri handing over the Wihuri Sibelius Prize to Paul Hindemith in 1955. In the back President Juho Kusti Paasikivi.
Awarded for"prominent composers who have become internationally known and acknowledged"
Sponsored byWihuri Foundation for International Prizes
First awarded1953

The Wihuri Sibelius Prize is a music prize awarded by the Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes to prominent composers who have become internationally known and acknowledged. The Wihuri Sibelius Prize is one of the biggest and most prestigious music prizes in the world of classical music. The first Sibelius Prize was awarded to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, whom the prize was named after, in 1953. By 2021, the Wihuri Foundation for International Prizes has awarded altogether 19 Wihuri Sibelius Prizes, the latest award climbing up to €150,000 and awarded to Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu. The Wihuri Sibelius Prize winner is selected by a five-member committee that consists of experts from Finnish music institutions. The prize may be awarded to private individuals or organizations regardless of nationality.


Year Prizewinner Country Notes
1953 Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius 1939.jpg  Finland
1955 Paul Hindemith Paul Hindemith 1923.jpg  West Germany
1958 Dmitri Shostakovich Dmitri Shostakovich credit Deutsche Fotothek adjusted.jpg  Soviet Union
1963 Igor Stravinsky Igor Stravinsky  United States
1965 Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten  United Kingdom
Erik Bergman Erik Bergman  Finland
Usko Meriläinen Usko-Merilainen-1960s.jpg  Finland
Einojuhani Rautavaara Einojuhani Rautavaara.jpg  Finland
1971 Olivier Messiaen OlivierMessiaen2.png  France
1973 Witold Lutoslawski Lutoslawski1.jpg  Poland
Joonas Kokkonen Kokkonen1.png  Finland
1983 Krzysztof Penderecki Penderecki1.jpg  Poland
Aulis Sallinen Aulissallinen.png  Finland
2000 György Ligeti Ligeti1.jpg  Hungary/ Austria
2003 Magnus Lindberg Magnuslindberg.jpg  Finland
2006 Per Nørgård Pernorgard.jpg  Denmark
2009 Kaija Saariaho No image.svg  Finland
2012 György Kurtág Kurtag academy.JPG  Hungary
2015 Harrison Birtwistle Harrison Birtwistle  United Kingdom
2017 Unsuk Chin No image.svg  South Korea
2020 Jukka Tiensuu No image.svg  Finland

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