Denmark’s grand international music prize
Léonie Sonning’s Music Prize is the greatest Danish music prize, which has been given to an internationally recognised composer, musician, conductor or singer within classical music since 1959.  

Léonie Sonning’s Music Foundation, responsible for the award, was founded in 1965 and named after Léonie Sonning, widow of Editor Carl Johan Sonning.



The foundation also awards talent prizes to further the artistic development of young composers, conductors, musicians and singers from Denmark and the other Nordic countries, supporting them in furthering their artistic development. It is not possible to apply for either of the prizes. Instead, the board of the foundation nominates candidates for them.


The laureates of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize form a distinguished line that connects us with the past and points into the future.