Pärt’s Symphony Nominated for Grammy

09. February 2011

Arvo Pärt's Fourth Symphony, "Los Angeles," which is dedicated to the Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has been nominated for a Grammy for best classical contemporary composition.

The Symphony was recorded by the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The composer has asked Mikhail Khodorkovsky's son Pavel to represent his father at the award ceremony on 13 February in Los Angeles, the Khodorkovsky and Lebedev Communications Center homepage reports.

On 31 January, the citizen initiative Friends of Russian Democrats organised a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy in Tallinn to support Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and other Russian political prisoners. Arvo Pärt expressed his support to Khodorkovsky by making an on-camera statement pleading with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev to release the prisoners.

From Estonian Public Broadcasting