James Conlon will be awarded the Galileo 2000 Prize in a ceremony to occur June 25, 2008 at the Scuderie Reali della Pace in Florence. Maestro Conlon will be the twelfth recipient of the music prize -- past winners include Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim. The Galileo 2000 Prize, founded in 1996, is awarded each year to an artist who has made a significant contribution to music, art and peace.
Maestro Conlon, of course, is the man behind the Recovered Voices project, by far one of the most important musical initiatives of the post-WWII era, devoted to presenting works suppressed by the Nazis, and L.A. is really, really fortunate to have him -- Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, too.
(foto above, James and Jennifer Conlon, via Panache)