LIBERTY PRIZE – 2005
Gidon Kremer is the first musician which is awarded with the Liberty prize since it was founded.
The world-famous artist, a graduate of Moscow's famous school of violin of David Oistrakh, Kremer has made an invaluable contribution to bringing of contemporary composers' works from Russia and former Soviet Union on the territory of the USA.
His in-depth interpretations of Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Part, Giya Kancheli, Vasks and Peters works, many of which are devoted to Kremer as their first and best performer, helped to open to Western listeners a unique originality and philosophical significance of this music. We note in particular the Kremer's role in the revival of the musical heritage of the deceased in Princeton legendary futurist, a friend of Anna Akhmatova Arthur Lourie. Thanks to Kremer violin music by American composers Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, John Adams is widely known in Russia.
Vladimir Sorokin is the brightest star of the Moscow Conceptual School. During the last three decades of hard work Sorokin wrote a number of important books (starting with the early novels - "The Thirtieth Mary's love" and "Norma"), which largely determined the development of post-Soviet literature. Novelist par excellence, he successfully works in different genres - from the theater (over 10 pieces) and screenplays ("Moscow", "Kopeyka", "4") to the libretto of acclaimed opera "The Rosenthal's Children".
"Enfant terrible" of the new Russian culture, Sorokin always gives the cause for discussions, and that only emphasizes its crucial role in changing literary paradigm.
Sorokin is well known in Europe (especially - in Germany) and in Japan, but not widely represented in America. An independent jury hopes that the "Liberty Award " will draw attention of American readers to Sorokin's work, and will open his books entirely new to Russian literature itself.