The 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music has been granted to Helmut Lachenmann.
“The prize recognizes his creative works which, based on an intimate knowledge of the musical past, have enlarged the world of sounds during the last fifty years in a way unmatched by any other contemporary composer. Helmut Lachenmann was, and still is, the creator of new forms of musical expression which have profoundly influenced our understanding and way of listening to music throughout the world. He has led his audiences into unknown territories of musical experience. Since his beginnings, his long and arduous path as a composer was always based on his critical thinking regarding both music and the society in which and for which it was created.”