Reinbert de Leeuw
The Fund calls The Lion a pioneer and advocate for new music. The winner should the prize not only a little feast to celebrate: the half is for a Fund by Name, to spend on targets in the field of culture, science or nature. The remainder is freely disposable.
The Lion (80) is already much lauded. He is a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and he won in 2013 the Edison oeuvre Award. Two years ago he received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven. This year was The Lion nominated for a Grammy, the cd Kurtág: Complete Works for Ensemble & Choir. He won the award, but the always critical Hungarian composer Kurtág himself was very pleased with the album.
Previous winners of the Prince Bernhard culture Fund Price are, among others, writer and historian Geert Mak, the director Johan Simons, tuinarchictect Piet Oudolf and photographer Anton Corbijn.