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Polar Prize to Paul Simon and Yo-Yo Ma

Published tisdag 8 maj 2012 kl 10.11
"He polishes his songs until they become a diamond"
(5:07 min)
Yo-Yo Ma and Paul Simon. Photo: AP

The 2012 Polar Music Prize has been awarded to the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon and the Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

According to the citations, for five decades Paul Simon “has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans” and “compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations”.

Describing Yo-Yo Ma as “the leading cellist of our time”, the jury says he “has dedicated his virtuosity and his heart to journeys of musical exploration and discovery around the world”.

They will be receiving the award, along with the prize sum of around 150,000 US dollars each, at a ceremony here in August with Swedish King Carl Gustaf.

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