Wolf Prize Laureate in Music 2008
The Prize Committee for the Arts has unanimously decided that the 2008 Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts (Music) will be jointly awarded to Giya Kancheli and Claudio Abbado.
“Giya Kancheli is one of the world’s greatest contemporary composers, whose unique music is infused with unforgettable beauty.”
His remarkable symphonies alternate between surrealistic serenity and an almost violent outburst of intensity. Kancheli´s music expresses the full range of human emotions, from deep religiosity to effusive passion; and from optimism to pessimism. His music connects between an aura of mysticism and realistic depictions.
Through his music, of immense depths, Kancheli has become a source of worldwide influence, most especially on the younger generation of composers.