QUEEN MÁXIMA ERASMUS PRIZE 2019
NETHERLANDS

DUTCH ROYALS AT ERASMUS PRIZE 2019

King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended Erasmus Prize 2019 ceremony of The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation at Royal Palace of Amsterdam on November 28, 2019.

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation is a Dutch cultural institution that works in the humanities, the social science and the arts. It was founded in 1958 by Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.



Queen Máxima at The Erasmus Prize 2019

Queen Máxima arrived at The Royal Palace of Amsterdam wearing blue fringed dress by Dutch designer Claes Iversen, red clutch from Lebanese fashion house Sarah’s bag and red pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

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Princess Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander

The Foundation awards the Erasmus Prize, which is an annual prize that is awarded to individuals or institutions who have made exceptional contributions to culture, society, or social science in Europe and the rest of the world. The award consists of a cash prize of €150,000.

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

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2019 Erasmus Prize Awarded to John Adams

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation has awarded the 2019 Erasmus Prize to the American composer and conductor John Adams (b. 1947). The theme of this year’s Erasmus Prize was ‘Composing for today’.

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King Willem-Alexander, as Patron of The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation, presented The Adornments of the Erasmus Prize to John Adams.

The Adornments were designed by Bruno Ninaber van Eyben in 1995.

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The adornments consist of a harmonica folded ribbon with a titanium plate at both ends. In closed form it is a booklet; when opened a ribbon with a text in Erasmus’ handwriting. This text taken from a letter to Jean de Carondelet (Basel 5 January 1523) is characteristic of Erasmus’ thinking: “diverse are the gifts of men of genius and many are the different kinds of ages. let each one reveal the scope of his competence and let no one be envious of another who in keeping with his own ability and style tries to make a useful contribution to the education of all.”

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John Coolidge Adams (born February 15, 1947 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American composer, clarinetist, and conductor of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism.

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Queen Máxima.

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After the ceremony, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands posed with American composer and conductor John Adams.

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Princess Beatrix, King Willem- Alexander, Awardee John Adams and Queen Máxima.

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