FBBVA-11-musica-Sciarrino

Salvatore Sciarrino

FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE LAUREATE

Contemporary Music

4th edition

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in the Contemporary Music category goes in this fourth edition to Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino for renewing the possibilities of instrumental and vocal music and the differentiation of their sound materials. The Italian composer is a pioneer in the realm of musical timbre and the opera, with writing that is innovative and technically perfect; its lightness, refinement and sound poetry marking him out as one of the major artists of our times.

CITATION (EXCERPT)

The 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music goes to the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino for his masterly renewal of the possibilities of instrumental and vocal music and the differentiation of their sound materials.

He has been able to develop a new and unique syntax and has revealed unsuspected aspects of sensibility and expressivity in European art music for a younger generation of musicians and composers. At the heart of his creations is his way of combining extreme reduction with a richness of detail. He stands out for his use of microtonality and his conscious reworking of ideas and materials from past periods and cultures.