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Anne-Sophie Mutter receives Polar Music Prize at Stockholm ceremony / theStrad

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German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Polar Music Prize at a ceremony held in Stockholm yesterday evening. Mutter received the Polar Music Prize trophy from the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. The prize, administered by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 1992, includes 1m Swedish Krona (c. £83,000/$106,000) for each winner, and is usually awarded to one classical and one pop musician each year. For 2019 it has three laureates, with Mutter joined by hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash and the Playing For Change Foundation, which provides music education in developing countries. In her acceptance speech (see video below), Mutter highlighted some Swedish role models, including Queen Silvia of Sweden, who was present at the ceremony, for her role as co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation.

Previous string players to win the prize include Mstislav Rostropovich in 1995 alongside Elton John, Isaac Stern in 2000 alongside Bob Dylan, the Kronos Quartet in 2011 alongside Patti Smith and, most recently, Yo-Yo Ma in 20122 along with Paul Simon.

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