Noted composer YORK HOELLER has been honoured in his native Germany with the $200,0000 (£125,000) Grawemeyer Award for his work on orchestral piece SPHAEREN.
Hoeller spent five years working on the music and his hard work has paid off - the 40-minute composition beat 135 other entries for the prestigious prize, presented by the Grawemeyer Foundation at the University of Louisville.
Marc Satterwhite, a music professor at the university and director of the award, says, "Sphaeren (Spheres) is magnificently scored, using a large orchestra to generate colours ranging from the most delicate to the most overwhelming. (It) grips you viscerally from the first bars and never lets up."
Hoeller's win for music composition is one of just five monetary awards for various categories handed out by the Foundation executives each year.