© Jakob Ganslmeier

Belmont Prize 2012
for Contemporary Music

Alex Ross
Author and music critic from New York


Statement from the Board of Trustees

The author is being honoured for his achievement in joining the endagered art of storytelling with impressive knowledge of the cultural and social histoy of music.

The way he approaches his subject from many angles sheds light on everything from classical music to pop, jazz, minimalism and their interrelations, miles away from the usual eurocentric navel-gazing the profession usually offers.