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March 21 , 2012

International Ibsen prize for Heiner Goebbels

German composer and music director Heiner Goebbels has won the International Ibsen Award, one of the most prestigious theatre prizes in the world, for his pioneering work in musical theatre.

The prize, which was founded in 2007, is funded by the Norwegian government and awarded every two years; previous winners include Peter Brooke and Ariane Mnouchkine. Heiner Goeebels will be presented the 335 000 € prize (2.5 million Norwegina crowns) in Oslo in September as part of the Ibsen Festival at the National Theatre.

The awarding jury described Goebbels as “one of the great creative personalities of today” in a statement given in Berlin on Tuesday, March 20th. “He has explored and expanded the relationship between theatre and music and in doing so has deloped the elements of theatre in a way that has opened up new insights and possibilities.”

Goebbels is a professor at Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen, Institute for applied theater sciences, and at the European Graduate School in Sas-Fee, Switzerland. He is also the Artistic Director designate for the 2012 – 14 seasons of the Ruhrtriennale Festival.

The works of Heiner Goebbels have been performed in over 50 countries. His recordings for ECM New Series include “Surrogate Cities” (1999) and “Eislermaterial” (1998), which both have earned Goebbels Grammy nominations. A new album, “Stifters Dinge”, inspired by the writings and life of Adalbert Stifter, is in preparation.