Luca Francesconi, has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Large-Scale Composition for his violin concerto, Duende: The Dark Notes, a work described by the RPS jury as a “white-knuckle ride of dramatic intent.”
He is the first Italian to have won the award.
In making the prestigious RPS Music Award to Luca Francesconi, the jury commented: “Drawing on the world of flamenco, this work is a febrile proliferation of gripping ideas driven with unceasing energy by the solo protagonist. The composer has created a white-knuckle ride of dramatic intent, which never loses its focus even through captivating moments of calm within the turmoil".
The RPS Music Awards, marking outstanding musical achievement in the UK in 2015, are chosen by distinguished, independent juries. Duende: the Dark Notes received its UK premiere in July 2015 at the BBC Proms in London, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, with violin soloist Leila Josefowicz.
Luca Francesconi joins an illustrious list of outstanding composers who have previously won the RPS Music Award for Large-Scale Composition, including Michael Tippett, Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin.
The RPS Music Awards ceremony took place on May 10 at The Brewery in the City of London.