Composer and Head of the Composition Department Martijn Padding receives the Johan Wagenaar Prize of the City of The Hague during the 41th edition of Dag in de Branding on Saturday 3 October. The prize is awarded once every four years for a whole body of work and is unique in the Netherlands. The award consists of a cash prize of € 15,000 and the performance of works from the oeuvre of the winning composer. Previous recipients include Louis Andriessen (2008) and Guus Janssen (2012).
From the jury: "Martijn Padding is a composer and pianist. He has been awarded the International Rostrum of Composers Award from UNESCO (2009). For the Holland Festival 2014 he wrote the much talked about opera Laika. Padding studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He also studied piano and musicology at the University of Utrecht. At the moment he is teacher of composition at the Royal Conservatoire. Padding is versatile, inventive, original and virtuoso in his orchestrations. His work is quirky, anti-convention and has an unmistakable Dutch sound, where Padding always makes his own twist to the tradition His work is of a consistently high quality and is very relevant in modern times. Padding examines in his music constantly the relationship with other arts. Martijn Padding is in the prime of his career and that makes that a lifetime achievement award at this moment expresses both appreciation for the impressive body of work already made and is also as an incentive prize. The jury of the Johan Wagenaar Prize and the board of the Johan Wagenaar Foundation expect much of this prolific and quirky composer."
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