Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Wins a 2012 Polar Music Prize
Honored for Crossing Musical Boundaries
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has won a 2012 Polar Music Prize, awarded for excellence in music. The prize will be presented by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at an August 28 ceremony in Stockholm Concert Hall and includes a cash award of one million Swedish krona.
Read more about Yo-Yo Ma's musically diverse projects.
The late Stig Anderson, publisher, lyricist and manager of the Swedish pop group ABBA founded the Polar Music Prize in 1989. Each year, the award recognizes two individuals from different musical genres for their ability to break down musical boundaries by bringing together people from all the different worlds of music.
The other 2012 recipient is pop singer and songwriter Paul Simon.
Past recipients include the Kronos Quartet, Renée Fleming, Steve Reich, Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, Bob Dylan, Björk, and Ennio Morricone.