The winners of 2016 Praemium Imperiale Awards have been announced by the Japan Arts Association – this year’s Music recipient is the artistic leader of Kremerata Baltica, violinist Gidon Kremer

The Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association. The artists are recognized and awarded for their achievements, for the impact they have had internationally on the arts, and for their role in enriching the global community. Since its inauguration in 1989, it has become one of the most important art prizes in the world. Six nomination committees, each chaired by an International Advisor, propose candidates in five fields: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film – areas of achievements not covered by the Nobel Prize. Among other awarded musicians are Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass. 

The awards will be given out by H.I.H. Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, in a ceremony held on October 18th in Tokyo.