Anna Clyne, former composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has won this year’s Hindemith Prize. Awarded annually by Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the prize honors outstanding contemporary composers and carries a monetary reward of 20,00 euros. Clyne, who was the jury’s unanimous choice, will receive the prize at a gala concert July 12 during the festival.
“The music of Anna Clyne offers a wealth of tonal colors and her works often have a three-dimensional character,” said Christian Kuhnt, the festival’s director. The prize commemorates the legacy of Paul Hindemith, one of the 20th century’s most significant composers. At the gala concert, music by Clyne and Hindemith will be performed, along with the world premiere of a work by Swiss composer David Philip Hefti, the 2015 Hindemith Prize recipient.
Born in London and now based in New York City, Clyne is currently composer-in-residence of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. At the CSO, she and Mason Bates held the same title from 2010 t0 2015.
Previous recipients of the Hindemith Prize include Olga Neuwirth (1999), Matthias Pintscher (2000), Thomas Adès (2001), Jörg Widmann (2002), Lera Auerbach (2005), Dai Fujikura (2007) and Bernd Richard German (2014).