Brian Ferneyhough Wins 200,000-Euro Siemens Music Prize

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The British composer Brian Ferneyhough, 64, a major figure in the "New Complexity" movement, has won the €200,000 Ernst von Siemens International Music Prize.

Ferneyhough, whose complex, intellectual and dissonant music has a reputation for being difficult to perform, will receive the award at a ceremony in Munich on May 3.

A statement from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation saluted Ferneyhough, a student of Lennox Berkeley, Ton de Leeuw and Klaus Huber, as having "rethought and illuminated the myriad possibilities of manipulating musical material and stretched these possibilities to their limits ... he has greatly expanded the potential range of instrumental performance and musical notation. His string quartets, almost all of them premired by the Arditti Quartet, are among the most difficult in the genre."

Daniel Barenboim was awarded the prize in 2006; the 2005 winner was composer Henri Dutilleux.

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