Djuro Zivkovic wins 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Composition

NPR is announcing that Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic has been awarded the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Composition for his 20-minute chamber orchestral piece On the Guarding of the Heart. (At the time of writing, this news has not been confirmed on the Grawemeyer website. Update: it is now.)

I must admit, I knew very little about Zivkovic before today, but this is a good reason to find out more. Quite a few of his works can be heard on YouTube; here’s the award-winning piece itself, as recorded by Klangforum Wien:

Several more can be found via the composer’s webpage. NPR’s news story also includes a short interview with the composer.

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