Pat Metheny Elected into Royal Swedish Academy of Music

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Pat Metheny Elected into Royal Swedish Academy of Music

Pat Metheny has been elected into the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Founded in 1771 by King Gustav III, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music is one of the Royal Academies in Sweden. The academy's purpose is to promote art music and musical life. It shall thus follow developments within Swedish and international music circles, take initiatives to advance musical culture as well as support education, research and artistic development in music's various fields.

The news comes just months after the guitarist, composer, and bandleader received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award (the United States' highest national award for a jazz artist) as well Jazz FM's "PRS For Music Gold Award" for lifetime achievement.

Additionally, the 20-time GRAMMY® Award winner kicks off a 24-city European tour this week with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh, and Gwilym Simcock, followed by a U.S. tour this fall. Complete tour schedule listed below.

Royal Swedish Academy of Music Voting Board:

"The American Guitarist and Composer Pat Metheny is one of the world's most significant living jazz musicians. He has an unmistakable sound and is an improviser with what appears to be an infinite flow of ideas. He has collaborated with most of the biggest names in the jazz, but also with composers and artists like Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Joni Mitchell and David Bowie. His discography is extensive. Metheny has driven many types of projects in the course of his career, both traditionally and experimentally. Some with a wide, inclusive appeal, others with a narrower, more searching side. Pat Metheny is also a diligent writer in all topics that appeal to music."

With his addition to the Academy, Metheny will join a select group of the most renowned and influential musicians/composers in the world, including, but not limited to: Marilyn Mazur (Composer, Musician), Palle Mikkelborg (Jazz musician, composer), Lars-Ulrik Mortensen (Cembalist, Conductor), Riccardo Muti (Conductor), Paul Mega (Conductor),Susanna Mälkki (Conductor), Truls Dark (Cellist), Jon Nordal (composer), Per Nørgård(composer), Sakari Oramo (Conductor), Roger Parker (Musician), Krzysztof Penderecki (composer), Arvo Pärt (composer), Steve Reich (composer), Wolfgang Rihm (composer), Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Conductor), Poul Ruders (composer),Kaija Saariaho (composer), Aulis Sallinen (composer), Esa-Pekka Salonen(Conductor), Peter Schreier (Chamberlain), Heinrich W. Schwab (Prof., Dr. Phil), Leif Segerstam (Chief Captain), Grigory Sokolov (Pianist), Leon Spierer (Concertmaster),Simon Steen-Andersen (Tonsettare), Atli Heimir Sveinsson (Tonsettare), Bent Sørensen (composer), Olav Anton Thommessen (composer), Péteris Vasks(composer), Christian Zacharias (Conductor).

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