The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music goes to Cristóbal Halffter.
“The works of Cristóbal Halffter breathe with immense inspiration. Through their coherence and the continuity of their commitment, they have greatly contributed to the idea of a European contemporary music.
Since the late 1950s and early 1960s, he has made a major contribution to the reintroduction of Spanish music into the world of contemporary music. Dissatisfied with the advances of music since the Second World War, Cristóbal Halffter was able to maintain the standards of the fully accomplished work. Also as a conductor, he has been a promoter of the music of his time.”