Star conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt wins Kyoto Prize
Kyoto Prize Committee announces 2005 winners
June 10, 2005
The world-renowned Austrian musician and conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt (75) and the American scientists George H. Heilmeier (69) and Simon A. Levin (64) have been awarded the 2005 Kyoto Prizes. The Kyoto Prize is presented for extraordinary lifelong achievements in the areas of Advanced Technology, Basic Science and Arts and Philosophy. It is one of the highest international awards for services to science and culture.
methods and using original instruments, he recreates the original sounds of these days. For many years, Harnoncourt taught performance practice and the
art of historical instruments as Professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. The artist, among other honours, has also received a Grammy Award and the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
mathematical models to ecosystems, thus offering a better insight into them. He created the field of “spatial ecology” by using mathematical models to understand the complex patterns of the biosphere comprehensively. His findings have led to a complete rethink of the subject of ecology. He is Professor of Biology at Princeton University and the winner of the renowned Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
The Prizes are awarded annually by the Inamori Foundation. Among world known award winners the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, artists Maurice Béjart and Roy Lichtenstein, film director Akira Kurosawa, architects Renzo Piano and Tadao Ando, and primate researcher Jane Goodall have received
the Kyoto Prizes so far.