Durand Salabert Eschig Editions are proud to see three of their composers rewarded with prestigious awards at the beginning of 2016.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Contemporary Music category goes in this eighth edition to Georges Aperghis for reinventing musical theater and taking it in entirely new directions. “He has opened up a unique path in the territory of musical theater employing new scenic devices whereby everything becomes music, starting from the performer’s gestures and including sounds made by scenic elements or objects used as percussion instruments,” in the words of the jury’s citation.

The ceremony of the 41st edition of the Victoires de la Musique Classique gave Philippe Hersant the Composer of the Year price on February 24th for his work Cantique des trois enfants dans la fournaise.

Last but not least, two recordings of Maurice Ravel’s music have been rewarded: a Grammy Award for best opera recording goes to the Maestro Seiji Ozawa for his recording of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with the Saito Kinen Orchestra (Decca) and a Victoire de la Musique in the Recording of the Year category goes to Daphnis et Chloé by the orchestra and choir of the Opera de Paris conducted by Philippe Jordan (Daphnis).

Ravel Ozawa Ravel Jordan


The second edition of the FEDORA, Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera held on 9 April 2016 at La Scala in Milan rewarded the Opéra Comique commission Kein Licht by composer Philippe Manoury and director Nicolas Stemann based on a text by Elfriede Jelinek.

The Fedora Prize for opera at €150,000 aims to support the creation of new opera and ballet co-productions by emerging artists through international collaborations between opera houses and festivals.

Kein Licht was awarded among 16 shortlisted projects for its innovating character. As a thinkspiel for actors, vocalists, musicians and electronic music in real time on a text by Elfriede Jelinek, Kein Licht is co-produced by the Opéra Comique, the Ruhrtriennale, the Theatres of the City of Luxembourg, the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Strasbourg Musica Festival and Opéra du Rhin, the Lucilin Ensemble, the Münchner Kammerspiele and IRCAM.

This prize reinforces the ambition of the Opéra Comique new director Olivier Mantei to foster creation and international co-productions in the future.

The SACEM Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert 2016 has been awarded to Benjamin Attahir, new signing composer of Editions Salabert.

Benjamin Attahir