Riccardo Muti Awarded Birgit Nilsson Prize
Four-time GRAMMY-winning Italian conductor Riccardo Muti of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been awarded the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize in recognition of his "extraordinary" contributions and influence in the world of classical music. Muti is the second winner of the prize awarded by the Birgit Nilsson Foundation, which was established after the death of GRAMMY-nominated soprano Nilsson. GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Plácido Domingo was awarded the inaugural prize in 2009. Muti will receive the prize at the Royal Opera in Stockholm on Oct. 13. Muti won two awards at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13 — Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance as conductor of Verdi: Requiem. (3/16)
Ubisoft Announces "Rocksmith"
Video game developer Ubisoft has announced "Rocksmith," a new band-based music game that will enable users to plug any real guitar with a standard quarter-inch input jack into an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC. The game will include a library of licensed music from artists including the Animals, the Black Keys, David Bowie, Nirvana, and the Rolling Stones, among others, and is set to release later this year. (3/16)