"We credit Arvo Pärt and Tõnu Kaljuste, as well as the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Vox Clamantis ensemble and Borusan Philharmonic for the premiere of "Adam's Lament" in Istanbul. The premiere, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste in the ancient Aya Irini church, was a real homage to Estonian culture," said foreign minister Urmas Paet at the event.

"We would also like to acknowledge Tiina Lokk for the successful organization of the European Film Awards ceremony and the 14th Black Nights film festival. We also acknowledge Tiina Lokk for initiating and bringing to life the Black Market film fair geared towards eastern Europe," Paet said.

The award and the corresponding stipend is given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to people who have introduced Estonian culture on an international scale. Last year's awards went to the writer and journalist Imbi Paju and drama director Tiit Ojasoo.