On Wednesday, October 16th, HIH Prince Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Association, presented the Praemium Imperiale Awards at a formal ceremony in Tokyo to this year's Laureates; internationally renowned artists who have shown extraordinary achievements in the fields of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, and Theater/Film. All Laureates received specially-designed gold medals and testimonial letters. With an honorarium of 15 million yen (c $150,000) per category, the awards recognize a lifetime achievement in the Arts, in categories not covered by the Nobel Prizes.
The 2013 Praemium Imperiale Laureates are:
Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italy) Painting
Antony Gormley (UK) Sculpture
David Chipperfield (UK) Architecture
Plácido Domingo (Spain) Music
Francis Ford Coppola (USA) Theatre/Film
The recipient of the annual Grant for Young Artist award (presented in September) was The JuniOrchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. The organization received a grant of 5 million yen (c $50,000) to support its goal of nurturing the involvement of young people in the art.