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Monday 26 Oct ’15
Johannes Vermeer Award 2015 goes to Michel van der Aa
The 2015 Johannes Vermeer Award, the Dutch national prize for the arts, is awarded to composer Michel van der Aa by the Dutch Minister for Culture, Jet Bussemaker. The jury, chaired by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, unanimously nominated Van der Aa in acknowledgement of his ground-breaking role in music, both in the Netherlands and internationally, and the natural manner in which he combines his musical idiom with movement, film, the internet, theatre, electronics and visual elements. The award was officially presented by Jet Bussemaker on 26 October 2015, in the Ridderzaal of the Dutch Parliament.
The Johannes Vermeer Award is the Dutch national prize for the arts. The winner receives the sum of 100,000 euros to devote to a special project in his or her chosen field.
The Dutch government established the award in 2009 to honour and encourage outstanding artistic talent. It is awarded annually to an artist working in the Netherlands in any one of the artistic disciplines. The previous winners have been opera director Pierre Audi, filmmaker and writer Alex van Warmerdam, photographer Erwin Olaf, artist Marlene Dumas, architect Rem Koolhaas and graphic designer Irma Boom.
The jury for the prize this year consists of Ernst Hirsch Ballin (chairman), Irma Boom (winner 2014), Claudia de Breij, Ann Demeester and Stephan Sanders. The presentation of the Johannes Vermeer Award will take place on Monday, 26th October at the Ridderzaal in The Hague.
The ceremony is organised by the Boekman Foundation. For more information about the award, please visit the website.
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