The winners of this year’s Excellence Award in Culture are composer Pēteris Vasks, writer and illustrator Anete Melece and Rundāle Castle Museum. The recipients of the award were announced at an online ceremony, according to Ministry of Culture representatives.

Composer Pēteris Vasks has received the award for outstanding and internationally recognized artistic creativity in the field of music: brilliant premieres of compositions, among which the Sixth String Quartet and the Second Violin Concerto “Evening Light” stand out, as well as performances in Latvia and the world, promoting the international recognition of professional culture, the Ministry of Culture pointed out.

The Ministry of Culture award has gained popularity over the past two years. Only three people could be chosen from music, theatre, visual arts, design, dance, cinema and cultural heritage. The Excellence Award in Culture was founded in 2014.