2020-06-05 – 15:00 h
Composers Ennio Morricone and John Williams have been granted the Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts 2020, as it has been announced by the jury in charge of its concession, today, June 5.
Granted every year in Spain, the Princess of Asturias Awards are intended, according to the Statutes of the Foundation, to award “the scientific, technical, cultural, social, and humanitarian work carried out by people, institutions, groups of people or institutions in the international arena”. In accordance with these principles, the Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts is awarded to “the work of cultivation and improvement of cinematography, theater, dance, music, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, and other artistic manifestations”.
In this edition, a total of 42 nominations from 21 countries competed for the Arts award, being the winning nomination of Morricone and Williams, proposed by Juan Barja de Quiroga Losada, member of the jury of the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences 2020.
Endowed with unmistakable character, their works include some of the most iconic musical compositions of the silver screen, which now form part of the collective imaginary. Williams and Morricone show absolute mastery of both composition and narrative, combining emotion, tension, and lyricism at the service of cinematographic images. Their creations even go so far as to transform and transcend these images, sustaining themselves as magnificent symphonic works that are among the standard repertoire of major orchestras. All this makes them two of the most revered living composers worldwide.
Statement by Ennio Morricone on being bestowed with the 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts:
Statement by John Williams on being bestowed with the 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts:
This has been the second of the eight Princess of Asturias Awards to be granted this year, celebrating their 40th edition. Previously, the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord was awarded to Spanish doctors who work on the front line against COVID-19. In the next few days, the following awards will be unveiled (in order): Communication and Humanities, Social Sciences, Sports, Literature, Technical and Scientific Research, and International Cooperation.
Each of the Princess of Asturias Awards is endowed with a sculpture by Joan Miró -a representative symbol of the award- a diploma, a badge, and the cash amount of 50.000 euros.