The Venice Lions for Music have been announced. The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement goes to Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The Silver Lion goes to the vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten. Saariaho is the Golden Lion “for the remarkable technical and expressive level she has achieved in her choral scores and for her original use of the voice”.

The vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten from Stuttgart won “for its creative collaboration with some of the greatest living composers and for its development of a vocal a cappella repertoire within the field of contemporary composition”.

The 65th International Festival of Contemporary Music, titled Choruses and dedicated to vocal dramaturgies in contemporary composition, will take place in Venice from September 17th to 26th.

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