Barbara Hannigan awarded Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2020


Barbara Hannigan has been awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2020, regarded as Denmark’s highest classical musical honor.

Awarded annually to an international composer or musician, Barbara Hannigan will be the eighth singer and sixteenth conductor to receive the prestigious Danish prize. Previous laureates include Igor Stravinsky (1959), Leonard Bernstein (1965), Benjamin Britten (1968), Dmitri Shostakovich (1973), Miles Davis (1984), Pierre Boulez (1985), Daniel Barenboim (2009), Cecilia Bartoli (2010) and Sir Simon Rattle (2013).

The Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2020 will be presented at a concert on April 23, 2020 at Copenhagen’s DR Concert House, which will see Barbara perform as soprano and conductor with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. This concert is the highlight of a mini-festival featuring the artistry of Barbara Hannigan.

Composer Hans Abrahamsen has been awarded the 2019 Léonie Sonning Music Prize and he will be presented with the prize during a special concert this April. Barbara will join the Danish National Symphony Orchestra to perform let me tell you, Abrahamsen’s iconic work which she has championed and performed internationally.

The Léonie Sonning Music Prize amounts to EUR 100,000.

Barbara Hannigan in Copenhagen

19 April 2020 – The Royal Academy of Music, Concert Hall

Erik Satie: Songs
Erik Satie: Gnossiennes
Erik Satie: Socrate

Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Reinbert de Leeuw, piano

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 – The Cinematheque

C’est Presque au bout du monde – director Mathieu Amalric (2015)
Music is Music – director: Mathieu Amalric (2017)
Taking Risks (*Working title. Planned première in the autumn of 2019)
Barbara Hannigan will introduce the evening and answer questions.

Thursday 23 April 2020 – DR Concert House

Fazil Say: Gezi Park III Ballade for soprano, piano and string orchestra op. 54 (2014)
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 21 K467 (1785)
Alban Berg: Lulu Suite, symphonic pieces from the opera for soprano and orchestra (1934)
Gershwin: Girl Crazy Suite (1930/2016) (arrangement Bill Elliot and Barbara Hannigan)

Barbara Hannigan, soprano and conductor
Fazil Say, piano
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Friday, 24 April 2020, 11 AM – 4 PM – The Royal Academy of Music, Concert Hall

Students from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Opera Academy