CSO’s Muti Selected as a Recipient
Of Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award
• Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (“CSO”), is among this year’s five recipients of Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Awards, in recognition of his long-time contributions to the promotion of arts and humanity through music.
• Every year, the Japan Art Association, founded in 1887,
selects five distinguished artists from the fields of painting, sculpture,
architecture, music and theatre/film for the award to recognize their
worldwide achievements in and contributions to their art form.
• The Japan Art Association created the Praemium Imperiale Awards in 1988 in commemoration of the association’s 100th anniversary and its long-time Honorary Patron Prince Takamatsu, in the hope of promoting understanding between Japan and the rest of the world through arts.
• Before becoming the CSO’s 10th music director in 2010,
Muti already had a distinguished career in the world of classical music,
spanning over 40 years. A Naples, Italy native, Muti has led a multiple
of prestigious orchestras across the world, including London’s Philharmonia
Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and received numerous honors
• Keiko Alexander, wife of CSO President Jeff Alexander, said Muti loves Japan and looks forward to visiting the country for the award presentation ceremony in October. Currently spending the off season in his home country, Muti lists Japan, after Italy, as the country he wants to live most, she added.
• Muti and the CSO will visit Japan again in early 2019
during their Asia Tour, with two performances scheduled in Tokyo and Osaka.
In the same year, Muti will host his Italian Opera Academy in Japan to
train young opera hopefuls.
Maestro Riccard Muti (L), Jeff Alexander (R), President of CSO, and his wife Keiko (R2)