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Vienna Philharmonic receives Birgit Nilsson Prize

Vienna Philharmonic receives the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

Andreas Grossbauer, left, of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and his precursor as chairman and present archivist, Clemens Hellsberg, center, shakes...

Sweden Birgit Nilsson Prize

Andreas Grossbauer, left, of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and his precursor as chairman and present archivist, Clemens Hellsberg, center, shakes...

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has been awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson prize in a ceremony attended by Sweden's royal couple.

The ensemble said Wednesday the money -- nearly 800,000 euros -- will be used to expand its archives and make them more open to the public.

Earlier this year, the Philharmonic became the first orchestra to win the prize, which was launched in 2009 and endowed by Nilsson, the late Swedish soprano.

Previous winners have included opera star Placido Domingo and conductor Riccardo Muti.

In 2006, the Vienna Philharmonic was chosen as Europe's finest orchestra by a panel of experts. Two years later, Gramophone Magazine called it the world's third best.


Updated : 2021-06-18 23:13 GMT+08:00